Timeshare Discharge is another company that may be able to help you get out of a timeshare. They are located in New Port Richey, FL, and have been in business for over 10 years.
Timeshare Discharge Website
Regarding both their website and social media pages, Timeshare Discharge has a fairly average online presence (at least, in terms of the typical timeshare exit company). Their website adheres to this pattern: starting with the Home page, the design and copy alike are very spare and basic. Judging from the language used, they work with lawyers in order to release people from timeshare contracts; their claims are being able to do so within 60 days, and “100% guarantee or you pay nothing.” Essentially the Home page gives a summary of the content across the rest of the website. In terms of grammar and quality, it’s a bit below standards, with a glaring typo in the main landing page image, which plays out in the rest of the copy and is a bit difficult to ignore.
The Process page seems to be pretty cut-and-dry. It explains the three steps of their timeshare exit process in simple terms. It also cites the different kinds of professionals that would work on a given case – meaning, it says that Timeshare Discharge works with specialists and lawyers to complete timeshare cancellations. This page also gives a lot of lip service to paperwork, but overall, it does not offer much in the way of specifics.
The Services page is also pretty spare. Like the title states, it notes Timeshare Discharge’s different services – timeshare cancellation, mortgage cancellation, tax preparation, and credit protection – while giving a general overview on what situations generally get people saddled with timeshares they do not need or want. There isn’t much in the way of information about the secondary services (meaning, everything that is not timeshare exit). There is also an FAQ page, as with many companies of this nature. This one is probably the most unprofessional, in that the drop-downs they use are very responsive, but the grammar is off and the information offered is vague.
Based on digging deeper to find more about this company, since there wasn’t much on the website (or Timeshare Discharge’s generally inactive Facebook page), it appears that they are part of another company called Fair Market Services. Both are located at the same address and owned by the same individual, Allen Johnson. The interesting piece about this connection is what Fair Market Services is known for, which is timeshare sales and rental. Their website is very clear about this, and limited to those services, making no claim to working with clients on timeshare cancellation. Needless to say, we thought this was quite interesting, given the claims that Timeshare Discharge makes.
Timeshare Discharge Reviews
Searching for reviews of Timeshare Discharge brought us first to the BBB page for Fair Market Services. There, they have middling feedback – 3.69 stars out of 5, and no accreditation. Their more recent ratings are the lowest (1- or 2-star reviews). A few notable comments included:
- “Fair Market Services represented themselves as a resale agency for timeshares, and that my timeshare would sell quickly. Never got any offers at all. Now they recommended a discharge for $2800.00., which I can do myself for nothing. I do not recommend Far Market Services. They are misleading in their sales pitch.”
- “I received many assurances from Don that my time share with Worldmark would be an easy sell, but received no offers in 13 months. AND NO REFUND. VERY DISAPPOINTED. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND. THEY THEN WANTED $2800.00 to discharge or exit, which I can do thru Worldmark at no charge. DO NOT RECOMMEND.”
They do have a few more positive reviews which also confirmed that this company is connected to Timeshare Discharge, including:
- “Had a great experience with Allen at Timeshare Discharge. The process went quickly and now we don’t own our timeshare anymore. Thank you Allen!”
However, further investigation showed that ComplaintsBoard and TripAdvisor had more negative outcomes listed than positive. A few additional ComplaintsBoard comments were as follows:
- “This company is horrible! All lies. I paid more than $1000 to sell and rent my membership of timeshare. Nothing happened for months. So, I tried to get refunded. But they insisted “No Refundable”. In the beginning, the sales agent told me that if another company sold my membership, they would refund the service charge. Actually, my membership was transferred by another company. I called and told this, but they just told me ‘No refundable’, again. Be careful, everyone!!!”
- “Stay away !! they took my 700.00 dollars and i never heard from them again .all i have to say to people is, number 1 is, dot [sic] buy a timeshare to start with and then, dont use these people to try to sell it. either way you wasted alot of money.”
The TripAdvisor discussion on this company (as well as other, similar companies) stated the following:
- “I contacted a firm called Fair Market Services, they are out of Florida. They resell timeshares. They want $699.00 to sell my timeshare, It was suggested I sell my timeshare for less than half of what I paid for it (if it sells), but I only have 13 years left on my timeshare.”
Ultimately, based on these claims, we have to evaluate Timeshare Discharge as a fraudulent operation that is tied directly to Fair Market Services’s timeshare resale operation. After charging customers exorbitant amounts to get them out of their timeshares, they relist these timeshares, starting the cycle all over again and profiting off of it.
Timeshare Discharge Cost
While specifics about costs were not listed on Timeshare Discharge’s website, aside from a free consultation, the reviews listed above cited a range of fees from $699 to $4000 for getting out of a timeshare. So if you decided to work with them, you could expect to pay an amount within that window to do so. That said, this appears to be a situation wherein the company requires upfront fees rather than using escrow to process payments. While this is not surprising, given Timeshare Discharge’s business model (as noted above), it remains that we never recommend working with a timeshare exit company that asks you to pay upfront. We always suggest finding one that uses escrow instead. You can learn more about why escrow is important on this page.
What to Look for in a Timeshare Exit Company
Given what we could find about Timeshare Discharge and their practices, it’s important that we note what you should look for in a timeshare exit company or law firm. Businesses like theirs are not uncommon in the timeshare exit industry – meaning, it’s easy to find companies that appear to be highly professional but don’t have a great track record.
So what green flags should you look for? What indicates that you’ve found a trustworthy timeshare exit company? To begin with, whatever company you choose should have a solid reputation, and they should also use escrow for payment. This means that the company does not get paid until your timeshare has been completely canceled. You can learn more about why escrow is important on this page.
A few other qualities you should look for in a timeshare exit company include the following:
- An A (or higher) rating with the BBB, accreditation, and few (if any) complaints
- Several years in business
- A physical office address rather than a PO box
- A professional-looking website
- A written contract for any services rendered
There are several companies that can speak to having these qualities, and we are committed to researching them thoroughly and featuring them on this website. You can review a list of our recommended companies on this page. All of them have a great track record of success in getting people out of their timeshare contracts, and have proven themselves to be legitimate
To recap, Timeshare Discharge is an offshoot of a company called Fair Market Services, which unfortunately is anything but fair: they sell and rent timeshares after they have charged people high fees to “release” them from those properties. This is ultimately a scam and something we cannot remotely recommend.
That said, while scams are quite common when it comes to timeshare cancellation, there are several companies we have reviewed and can recommend when it comes to your situation. All of these companies have been thoroughly vetted, and use escrow for payment, so you can trust that you won’t owe them anything until they have come through for you. Again, you can learn more about those companies on this page.
Still have questions about this or another timeshare exit company? Feel free to get in touch with us. You can do so by giving us a call at 833-416-8796, initiating the live chat, or filling out the contact form on the right side of the page.