Buying a timeshare in Europe from 1 January 2021

Your rights when buying a timeshare in the EU from 2021.

The UK has left the EU

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It'll be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.

The protections you currently have when buying timeshares will stay the same if the contract is made under UK law.

If you enter into a contract in an EU country from 1 January 2021, your contract may be governed by the law of that country. The EU directive relating to timeshare will continue to apply across the EU. However, your protections could differ in each EU country depending on how that country extends protections to non-EU citizens.

You should make sure that you are provided with clear information and legal advice before you buy. EU law says that timeshare contracts must be written in the language of the consumer’s own EU country. As the UK will no longer be in the EU, you will not automatically receive the contract in English, but you can still ask for an English translation. You should not agree to any contracts that you do not understand.

Help and advice

Contact the UK European Consumer Centre for help with problems buying from an EU country. The UK ECC offers free advice and assistance to consumers who buy goods or services in an EU country (and Norway and Iceland) and experience a problem.

Published 8 January 2019

Transition period

Find out what it means for you