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Towards an Extensive Statutory Protection of Consumers in Timeshare Agreements: A Comparative Perspective

Towards an Extensive Statutory Protection of Consumers in Timeshare Agreements: A Comparative... Timeshare property interest has become a major business worldwide. The protection of consumers in various timeshare-related contracts has been characterised by challenges due to outdated laws, lack of appropriate legislation as new products are introduced on the market as well as the inclusion of unfair terms. The European Union (EU) adopted the Timeshare Directive 2008/122/EC which governs a broad range of timeshare-related contracts, namely: timeshare, long-term holiday products, and resale and exchange contracts. In comparison, South Africa and Kenya do not have consolidated legislation that govern timeshare-related contracts. In South Africa, timeshare agreements fall under the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008, the Property Time-sharing Control Act 75 of 1993 as well as under common law. In Kenya, the Consumer Protection Act 46 of 2012, which was revised in 2016, governs specific consumer agreements including timeshare contracts. The article compares the position of consumers who enter into timeshare-related services in South Africa, Kenya and the EU. It is argued that the problems faced by consumers who enter into timeshare-related contracts in South Africa and Kenya necessitate legislative protection which should consist of a consolidated statute that specifically regulates such contracts for the attainment of a high level consumer protection. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

Towards an Extensive Statutory Protection of Consumers in Timeshare Agreements: A Comparative Perspective

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
Copyright © American Meteorological Society
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/ajicl.2021.0353
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Abstract

Timeshare property interest has become a major business worldwide. The protection of consumers in various timeshare-related contracts has been characterised by challenges due to outdated laws, lack of appropriate legislation as new products are introduced on the market as well as the inclusion of unfair terms. The European Union (EU) adopted the Timeshare Directive 2008/122/EC which governs a broad range of timeshare-related contracts, namely: timeshare, long-term holiday products, and resale and exchange contracts. In comparison, South Africa and Kenya do not have consolidated legislation that govern timeshare-related contracts. In South Africa, timeshare agreements fall under the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008, the Property Time-sharing Control Act 75 of 1993 as well as under common law. In Kenya, the Consumer Protection Act 46 of 2012, which was revised in 2016, governs specific consumer agreements including timeshare contracts. The article compares the position of consumers who enter into timeshare-related services in South Africa, Kenya and the EU. It is argued that the problems faced by consumers who enter into timeshare-related contracts in South Africa and Kenya necessitate legislative protection which should consist of a consolidated statute that specifically regulates such contracts for the attainment of a high level consumer protection.

Journal

African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: Feb 1, 2021

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