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Manhattan Club timeshare owners allege hotel is oversold

December 02, 2013 12:25PM

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Ian Bruce Eichner and 200 West 56th Street

Developer Ian Bruce Eichner is facing a lawsuit from timeshare owners at the Manhattan Club resort who claim that a weekly room shortage has prevented them from booking rooms or selling their shares on the market.

In a New York State Supreme Court lawsuit, the owners alleged that more than 18,000 ownerships at 200 West 56th Street have been sold for 286 rooms, resulting in a minimum shortage of 69 rooms every week, the New York Post reported.

Lawyer Joel Weiss, who is representing Eichner, told the Post he expects the lawsuit to be dismissed because two previous suits met such a fate. In 2011, five timeshare owners claimed that Eichner did not grant them access to their timeshares, despite booking up to nine months in advance, and that he instead rented them out to the general public.

“The overwhelming number of the Manhattan Club’s purchasers have been exceedingly happy with their timeshare ownership and are obtaining the benefits they were promised,” Weiss told the Post. [NYP]Mark Maurer

  • Charlotte Friedman

    hmmmm. I sold there too and ran for the hills when my customers could not get in.
    BUT, but, but…. people should do their due diligence. because they can get out of the contract within a week. YES there are many on the internet bashing Manhattan Club. and because they do not cancel when the contract allows them to, is most likely why Manhattan Club wins these cases.
    IT IS OVERSOLD. I could not do it.

    • Dave Arss

      I help owners get out of their unwanted deeds thru an atty. If you need a good referral, let me know. davearss at gmail.

  • RoseW

    Most timeshare companies are taking advantage of people, often those who are more vulnerable and less able to resist hard sales tactics. I have heard of many cases where maintenance costs rise well above inflation. It would appear the timeshare companies lock people into contracts and then drive up their profits though increased maintenance charges. It would be good to see legislation whereby timeshare companies can only charge “reasonable” maintenance costs and not use this annual fee to fleece people’s bank accounts

  • Kylie

    RedWeek just posted an update on this lawsuit — it’s still alive and well, with the next court date set one week from today: http://www.redweek.com/resources/ask-redweek/manhattan-club-lawsuit-info

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