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The law is changing regarding how bailiffs can operate in Britain. Although we knew that DRIPS didn't need to worry about bailiffs anyway, you might be interested in this report from the BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26876432

which basically summarises ways in which bailiffs are going to be trained, have their activities controlled and generally lessen the fear that is often associated with the word 'bailiff'.

For further information, click on the link and read the article - and please let me know if it doesn't work any more as the BBC are likely to remove the link after a week or two.
Welcome to the DRIP website. This is a store of information on dealing with Diamond Resorts International, ways of coping with their aggressive tactics and details of the experiences of people who have freed themselves from demands for exponentially increasing 'Maintenance Fees'.

JOINING THE SITE
In order to read this information, you need to register and complete an application form. ALL application forms, without exception, are processed manually before acceptance, so it can take some time before forum access is granted.

THIS IS A SELF- HELP SITE! 
There are literally thousands of comments on the site and it is not possible for the small admin team to search through on your behalf. No-one receives any money for running this site, so please don't ask others to do your research for you. As far as possible, we have tried to group information together in the forums so please spend a bit of time reading them to find out what you need.

WE DO NOT GIVE ADVICE!
Unlike other sites which might make empty promises to buy back timeshare or solve your problems for you, we don't. We just provide a place where people can find out the real experiences of those who have owned timeshare with DRI so that they know the truth and can make an informed decision on how to cope with their own situation.  It IS possible to free yourself. It is NOT a quick or easy fix. Anyone who says anything else is either misleading or deliberately lying to you.

COST OF MEMBERSHIP
There is NO CHARGE for joining this site. It is, however, a private group of individuals and just because you register and complete an application form that is no guarantee of acceptance. We reserve the right to refuse membership without giving a reason. In practice, very few applications are denied and usually these are because the applicant is unwilling to supply information that enables us to prove their bona-fides.

OUR AIMS
All we want is fairness. We have no desire to harm DRI, its members or associates. All we ask for is that members of DRI who no longer wish to continue their membership should have the right to resign and have no further charges to pay from the date of their resignation. In an ideal world, with a reasonable company, one could also expect a proportion of the original investment to be returned, but we don't ask for that. All we ask for is that once a member has resigned they should be left alone and not harassed for fees for something they don't want and are not using. You wouldn't pay someone not to clean your windows. Why should you pay for someone not to provide you with holiday accommodation?
If you are thinking of a timeshare resale agency to solve all your problems, please watch this first:

russwilliam Russwilliam; I was contacted by "sell your timeshare.co.uk" (diamond resorts international points) and I was i ...
Dwaelf the Wanderer a Sorry, these BBC iplayer things are only available for a few days then the BBC take them off. Usually they have them ava ...
julfer Interesting, I just tried to watch this and it is no longer available!
For those who purchased timeshare in Spain, have a look at this page on the TCA website:

http://www.timeshare.org.uk/spain.html
Marjorie51 There is a report on the Mindtimeshare site that ITRA as part of the Club Class Group, probably one of the worst timesha ...
Marjorie51 The ITRA site suggests that any RCI members joining their Class Action could be compensated up to £20,000 each. As this ...
ettyathome Do you have any advice on ITRA? they contacted me, regarding an upcoming court case suppose to be in May this year in G ...
Please note that we have received the message in quotes below from Claire Box of the Lancashire Trading Standards.

I should like to point out that no-one on this site has ever claimed that Lancashire Trading Standards would automatically be able to release anyone from their membership. We have, however, suggested people contacted Claire Box as she had been successful in the past at helping some members to be released. 

Since this no longer seems to be the case, for whatever reason, would members please read the forums for suggestions on the options they have. Thank you.

Message from Claire Box as below:

"Lancashire County Council Trading Standards is receiving a large number of enquiries from Diamond Resorts members who state that they were advised by messages on your website to contact our Service (in particular Claire Box) if they wish to relinquish their Diamond Resorts membership. We have not had sight of the full text of any such message on your website so cannot fully comment on the accuracy of the content. However we must make it clear that we are not in the position to free any members from their contracts with Diamond Resorts or to demand that Diamond Resorts free members from their contracts, nor can we provide advice on the individual circumstances of each member's case. Our current advice is for consumers to contact the Citizen's Advice Helpline in relation to their issue. We would be grateful if you could post a message clarifying this on your website. We would also appreciate that any further message posted by members of your site relating to Lancashire Trading Standards is checked for accuracy with our Service first. You can send any such query through to claire.box@lancashire.gov.uk."
Shoutbox
Glad to be of help, people. I always have hated bullies!
Had a letter from DRI asking for our maintenance fees which we haven't paid for over a year and have returned all documents. They threatened us wit debt collectors Daniel Silverman, but thanks to all your help online, no longer feel afraid. thanks!
Had a letter from DRI asking for payments otherwise debt passed to Silverman wrote back telling them where to go got a reply back in two days not going to reply to the second letter
ynotsacul, if you look through the forums, particularly the ones about Daniel Silvermans, you will see you have nothing to fear. Remember, this is a self-help so the first thing to do is get on the forums and read them!
I have just reecived a demand for payment from DRI after 2 years of virtual silence. What do I do? They threaten adebt agencies etc. Can I get out of this/ Please someone advise as this is worrying me to death. I can't afford them and told them so 2
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