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How To Get Rid of A Timeshare Legally

If you’d like to get rid of your timeshare, you’ve come to the right place. We help timeshare owners find the best option available to them to get rid of their timeshare. Some timeshare resort developers will take your timeshare back, but others will not. If your resort will not take your timeshare back, we recommend speaking with a timeshare exit company that offers a no up front fee escrow payment option, so you are protected from scams. When you pay with escrow, the timeshare exit company is only paid AFTER your timeshare is canceled. Learn more about escrow and why it’s important here.

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Get Rid of a Marriott Timeshare Legally

Get Rid of a Hilton Timeshare Legally

The process of getting rid of your timeshare can vary depending on the type of timeshare you own, its location, whether the timeshare is paid in full or not and the date in which you originally purchased the timeshare. If you purchased the timeshare recently, like within the last week or two, it’s strongly encouraged that you look in to something called a rescission period.

Timeshare Rescission

Most states grant you the right to “rescind” your timeshare purchase within a certain number of days after purchase, usually one or two weeks. This means you can legally cancel the timeshare contract, no questions asked. All you need to do is send the resort, via certified mail, a letter stating that you’d like to rescind your purchase within the rescission period time frame. Follow the instructions in the documents you received when you purchased the timeshare for exact instructions. The resort must comply with your request by law. Check with the state in which you purchased the timeshare to see if you’re still eligible for this timeshare cancellation option.

Unfortunately, most of you reading this article likely don’t qualify for the state’s rescission option. No worries! You still have options. Your best option is to try and sell the timeshare on the resale market for $1.

Selling the Timeshare

Despite what you may read online, it’s not impossible to sell a timeshare. Before hiring an attorney to help you cancel the contract, why not try advertising the timeshare for sale on websites such as Craigslist, Ebay,, and Craigslist is free, and all the other sites have a low up-front fee to advertise the timeshare for sale. It may take some time, but selling the timeshare, even for $1 is always going to be a better value than hiring an attorney to attempt to cancel the contract for you. We’d suggest signing up to all sites for a faster sale and offering to pay for the closing costs of the sale.

Some things that will affect your probability of selling the timeshare are the type of timeshare you own, its location and whether the timeshare is paid in full. If you still owe on your timeshare, it’s going to be hard, if not impossible, to sell it someone else. If you own a desirable week at a desirable location such as Las Vegas, Branson, New Orleans, Orlando or Hawaii, you might have an easier time getting rid of it than say if you own at a resort in the middle of nowhere in Nebraska. The resort developer brand can also be a factor.

How To Get Rid of A Timeshare

If rescinding the contract is out and you’re not able to sell, you’ll need to look in to alternative options.

Legal Timeshare Cancellation

Legal timeshare cancellation is easier in 2018 than it used to be. Many resorts have opened “take-back” programs that allow distressed timeshare owners to give their timeshare back to the resort developer. These programs are not available to all, but they are a good start.

Get Rid of A Marriott Timeshare Legally

(Updated 11/20/18) Marriott now has an exit program publicly advertised on its website here. The company also has its own resale program here. Try to work with Marriott’s options first before looking to alternatives such as Craigslist, Ebay,, and

Get Rid of A Hilton Timeshare Legally

(Updated 11/20/18) Hilton has introduced a “buy back” program for some of its timeshares. Read more about the HGV buy back program here.

Get Rid of All Other Timeshares

As of Dec. 2018, it appears that some major timeshare resort developers have exit programs publicly advertised on their websites. Other brands may offer an exit solution, but it is only offered behind closed doors.

If you own a timeshare with a brand or resort that doesn’t have an exit solution, you’ll need to either sell the timeshare or

How To Get Rid of a Timeshare Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is a well-known personal financial guru who has written several books and owns his own radio show. Thousands of people look to Dave Ramsey for his financial knowledge on a wide variety of subjects, including timeshare. Dave Ramsey is completely against the idea of owning any timeshares. He advises his followers to get rid of their timeshares as soon as possible no matter the circumstance because they are nothing but a black hole. He talks a lot about paying your “stupid tax” in life and considers a timeshare one of these taxes. He makes some valid points. Those searching for how to get rid of a timeshare Davey Ramsey on Google will quickly find validity in Dave Ramsey’s claims.

Final Thoughts

A timeshare is a legally binding contract that can be hard to get out of. If you own timeshare with a resort developer that offers a exit program, consider yourself lucky as many other timeshare owners have no choice but to try and sell the timeshare on the resale market. If you are forced to try and sell the timeshare, make sure not to pay a high up-front fee more than a few hundred dollars to do so. If you work with a timeshare exit attorney, again, make sure not to pay a fee up-front to stay safe.

Contact us through live chat in the bottom right corner of this page or submit a contact form on the right side of this page if you’re still wondering how to get out of a timeshare. We can help recommend the best strategy for you to exit your timeshare and stay safe.