Bill Aims To Help Timeshare Owners | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Bill Aims To Help Timeshare Owners

Play associated audio

At first, Del. John Cosgrove thought of legislation to allow owners to divest themselves of their timeshares, but the state constitution forbids it. So now he's trying a new approach to help those with problems.

"Basically, there are some really unscrupulous groups out there saying, 'We'll sell your timeshares, send us $500 bucks' and you never hear from them again," Cosgrove says. "Luckily, I haven't fallen victim to that scam, but a lot of people have."

His proposed bill does not solve all problems entirely, but what it does do, he says, is looks forward on the issue.

"So when people sell timeshares, they must disclose that you can't buy a timeshare as an investment, that resale is very difficult."

It also requires companies that resell timeshare weeks to comply with stronger regulations to do business in Virginia, including describing their costs and consumer benefits. But those who feel cheated will still have to take a timeshare developer to courts. And Cosgrove says there have been many such lawsuits in Virginia.

NPR

Not My Job: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Gets Quizzed On Downhill Cheese Races

If you think downhill ski racing is dangerous, then you've never seen the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Races, in which competitors hurl their bodies down a steep hill, chasing a wheel of cheese.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
WAMU 88.5

Democrats Push To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

Virginia's Tim Kaine and other Democrats are trying to overturn the ruling with legislation they say will protect female workers.
NPR

Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked

Also in this week's roundup, a tech company that may not exist, using sensors to keep your plants alive and what the debate over sandwich taxonomy teaches us about innovation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.