Thanks for your patience.
So one would need to read the contract to see what the provisions are for raising maintenance fees. Often times, the timeshare, when the local real estate market becomes more valuable, will hike up the fees so that the current owners will "sell back" their timeshare, and then the corporation gets to sell the timeshare again, at a higher price, basically a windfall to the timeshare corp.
Normally when a timeshare corp accepts a deed in lieu of foreclosure there are minimal fees (for transferring ownership);
There are some charities that will accept timeshares and that can result in a tax benefit. One needs to be very careful when hiring resellers of timeshares as often that money is never seen again.
Advisory re: resellers: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Media/Newsletters/Consumer-Advocate/May-2015/Scammers-May-Target-Timeshare-Owners
Here is a case where the plaintiffs were attempting to get certification for a class action lawsuit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/6/2014/2014-ohio-4970.pdf
You may want to contact the attorney of record to find out the current status of the case- ie whether it was certified and if one may join the action.
BBB offers free mediation - here: http://www.bbb.org/toledo/business-reviews/hotels/erie-islands-resort-and-marina-in-port-clinton-oh-2515/complaints#
Here is a link to locate an attorney:
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