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Old 03-02-2013, 4:04 PM
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We purchased an off-plan property in Spain through MRI (property agent/developer) in 2008 as an rental income. The completion was grossly late, they did not include all of the facilities promised like jaccuzis and fountain features. The build was of an inferior quality and basic. We have had to pay for replacement shutters and for the kitchen cuboards to be repaired on 2 occasions. The property maintenence agents have increased the fee from 330 upto 710. We were promised a rental return of 8% that never materialised and in the current market cannot sell. We constantly complained to MRI but they made excuse after excuse. We were contacted by a law firm in Spain last December, Fastline Legal Service SL, who said that we had been mis-led and MRI had failed in their contract. We are very wary after our bad experience, not only with this company but also through our timeshare ownership. We checked their crudentails and those of the lawyer which all come up ok, and so far all seems ok. We recently read though that the owner of MRI will not be tried for criminal offences such as fraud as there is not enough evidence. Fastline Legal Service Sl say that is true so we can only get any compensation based on failings in the contract and mis-selling which at least will give us some money back. Can anyone explain to us the difference. The owner of MRI has gained millions from mis-leading people he should be accountable for more than taking us all for a ride. There are many affected.
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Old 03-02-2013, 4:41 PM
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Best of luck, hope your head doesn't hurt too much. Property fraud and misrepresentation is rife in Spain

look here

http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/en/help-...property-fraud

I wish you well
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Old 03-02-2013, 4:54 PM
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Old 03-02-2013, 5:10 PM
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Wow! Thank you, I was very surprised to have such a quick response. I think the link has answered our question in that we would have to make an official complaint to the authorities and wait an investigation. I'm not so sure now that what happened to us would be classed as fraud. We will wait the outcome of the mis-sold case.
After I posted my question I did continue to browse the web and found that someone else has used this company and wrote under the title "MacAnthony Reality Estate, MRI" on Money Saving Expert and I have replied to that also.
Another question, we own weeks at the Hollywood Mirage in Tenerife. Can we make a claim for mis-selling here in the UK using the 1974 C.C.act through the payment made on our credit card. Hollywood Mirage promised to sell the additional weeks that they sold to us as an investment but they did nothing and we are now stuck with high maintenence fees. This was about 5-6 years ago. Any help would be appreciated
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:55 PM
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more posts on the link above by G_M

Last edited by bigmarkie; 02-03-2013 at 11:57 PM. Reason: didnt finish
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Old 04-05-2013, 8:18 PM
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Hi Big Markie. I have posted to you on the other thread as I'm not sure which one you are signed to. I have received the statements showing payments made to MRI from my previous credit card company. I'm hoping that its enough for them to take on my case as well. how is your case going?
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Old 24-01-2014, 11:52 AM
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Hi,

I to have been contacted by this company telling me I can get my lost 25K deposit back from MRI's funds that have been seized by the courts in Spain.Of course they want 950 up front for the fees and will charge 5% when I get paid out.
It all sounds too good to be true and it seems like a few people on this forum agree.My fear is that this is just another scam on the basis that if it sounds too good to be true it more than likely is!.
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Hello ,

Just joined this forum as I have been cold called and approached by a very Helpful contact with Fast Line Legal, promising me some money I lost through MRI... provided I pay legal costs up front. Is this a scam?? Please advise
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Old 31-01-2014, 1:36 PM
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I have also been approached by Fastline Legal regarding a property in Bansko. Bulgaria. I paid MRI a substantial deposit but had to forfeit the deposit because I would not complete the sale. There were numerous reasons for not completing which I will not go into, suffice to say the property was miss sold. Any how, Fastline claim, that through the courts, they can have our deposit returned if we pay 950 for translation and notary fees. Is this too good to be true?
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I too got a call from Fast Line and was about to send off all the proof I have of €9400 costs associated with legal fees and reservation deposits on MRI property in Pirin Suites in Bansko. A quick google check before I sent the email revealed that the FCA have noted it as not authorised by them. So that's a NO then! pity a legitimate company could not fight our corner on this issue.
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Old 06-02-2014, 4:56 PM
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Hello Carol and Lisa. It is me my account got closed I think because I never use it. Unfortunately I am quite ill at the moment but I did hear from Fastline legal Services 2 weeks ago and they have confirmed that my case has won and that I should hear about receiving compensation within 8 weeks. This has come at the right time as I can now concentrate on getting better. I will let you know as soon as I get my money.
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I hope people get there money back but please do not hold your breath
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[QUOTE=biggmarkie;64619354]Hello Carol and Lisa. It is me my account got closed I think because I never use it. Unfortunately I am quite ill at the moment but I did hear from Fastline legal Services 2 weeks ago and they have confirmed that my case has won and that I should hear about receiving compensation within 8 weeks. This has come at the right time as I can now concentrate on getting better. I will let you know as soon as I get my money.


Mark, do not believe a word they say when it comes to timescales. It took 22months and 8 days for my compensation to reach me from money lost to Inside Track SL. When they notify you that its been successful, with all the red tape, it can still take 8-9 months. I also had to chase them a lot for updates and my payment was in Euros not pounds, which I was told, so lost some on conversion. They phoned me last week to see if I wanted to do the 2nd case but I said I would look around to see if It can be done quicker. If I find a quicker way will pass info on. Good luck but I think you should plan on getting your compensation next year.
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Hello, I have to say this is all new to me, but I hope I am doing this right! i feel it necessary to make you aware of my situation. I came to the decision to use Fastline Legal some time ago and I have been very pleased with their service, reading the messages above my particular case didnt involve the purchase of a property it was of the purchase of a timeshare and the subsiquent Club cl"!!!" membership that i got tricked into purchasing. It turns out that the laws were on my side and with the help of Fastline I have been able to bring the whole sorry affair to a satifactory end. I would be happy to share my experience with other people who have been tricked in a similar fashion, I am sure there a hundreds if not thousands out there. I intend to go out to see Fastline and thank them in person, i didnt think I would ever go back to Spain, so thank you Fastline.
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Old 18-02-2014, 3:31 PM
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To my knowledge there is only one company that has taken timeshare developers to court and won, and they are based in Gran Canaria. If you need to check the credentials of anybody who claims to be a lawyer ask for court papers from cases they have won and check with the courts in Spain or the relevant law societies. Also make sure you can contact the lawyers themselves and check their credentials.

There are a number of scams at the moment where people are duped into believing there is a court case happening on their behalf. They are then told that they have won the case. They are asked to transfer a payment to cover tax .... then .... nothing!

As with anything, do your due diligence and make sure you are dealing with a reputable organisation with a track record. Even better, take the number of the lawyers to a local solicitor and ask them to check them out. Better to be safe than sorry.
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Old 19-02-2014, 1:51 PM
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Hello Carol and Lisa. It is me my account got closed I think because I never use it. Unfortunately I am quite ill at the moment but I did hear from Fastline legal Services 2 weeks ago and they have confirmed that my case has won and that I should hear about receiving compensation within 8 weeks. This has come at the right time as I can now concentrate on getting better. I will let you know as soon as I get my money.
I am so sorry to hear that you are unwell, hope that you get better soon. I believe that we get ill from all the stress as this has been a nightmare for me as I am sure for you. I am glad that you have had a success and I am sure that it won't take much longer for you to be paid. I still have a long wait. Keep me posted please.
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To my knowledge there is only one company that has taken timeshare developers to court and won, and they are based in Gran Canaria. If you need to check the credentials of anybody who claims to be a lawyer ask for court papers from cases they have won and check with the courts in Spain or the relevant law societies. Also make sure you can contact the lawyers themselves and check their credentials.

There are a number of scams at the moment where people are duped into believing there is a court case happening on their behalf. They are then told that they have won the case. They are asked to transfer a payment to cover tax .... then .... nothing!

As with anything, do your due diligence and make sure you are dealing with a reputable organisation with a track record. Even better, take the number of the lawyers to a local solicitor and ask them to check them out. Better to be safe than sorry.

This is exactly what I thought when they first contacted me but I can tell you that they did provide their own lawyer details so I could perform my own checks. I did do this. After the experience that I, and others had, with MRI and their bogus claim company do you think that I would be stupid enough to not to do checks. I checked her on the bar association then contacted her direct for confirmation, I then checked that they are a bone fide legal company before I went ahead. I had everything in writing. I have not heard that any one has had to pay tax. I have read that compensation can take longer in some cases. If you read my earlier post you will find that it took some time and extra paperwork from my lender, as they declined my case on the first assessment, before I could prove that I had lost my money.
I understand that you wish to make people aware so that they do not get mis led but who are you? Do you have a case? Do you work for this firm in the Gran Canaria? Why would only 1 law firm be able to take a case to Court? (I believed the company in Durham was independent but found out that they were part of MRI) You have made other posts but not in reference to this thread so can I ask where your other posts have been posted and which subject. We also have to be aware that some firms are trying to gain business.
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Hello Carol and Lisa. It is me my account got closed I think because I never use it. Unfortunately I am quite ill at the moment but I did hear from Fastline legal Services 2 weeks ago and they have confirmed that my case has won and that I should hear about receiving compensation within 8 weeks. This has come at the right time as I can now concentrate on getting better. I will let you know as soon as I get my money.

Hello Mark, I hope you are well again soon, its not serious I hope! Why are we posting on 2 threads?
I have not heard from Fastline in a while so I have called them today. I spoke with Donna and she said not to worry all is on track and that she will and me an email which I have received. It is good that you have won but from the reports it still takes a while to process. Let me know how you get on. I am also dealing with an insurance claim for our static caravan that got washed away in the flood. It is a total write off but they are trying to wriggle out of paying out the cost of a new one. Its just over 2 years old and we spent a lot on the outside wooden terrace and steps. I keep thinking why us. Anyway you get well and keep me updated.
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It's May 2014 Not heard anything for a while regarding Fastline legal Malaga who are claiming to be able to get compensation for mis-selling against McAnthony for an upfront fee of 950. Any successful claims out there against MRI?
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Hello Carol and Lisa. It is me my account got closed I think because I never use it. Unfortunately I am quite ill at the moment but I did hear from Fastline legal Services 2 weeks ago and they have confirmed that my case has won and that I should hear about receiving compensation within 8 weeks. This has come at the right time as I can now concentrate on getting better. I will let you know as soon as I get my money.
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I'm new to this forum and I've not read any posts for a while regarding Fastline legal Malaga who are claiming to be able to get compensation for mis-selling against McAnthony in Bansko Bulgria for an upfront fee of 950. Do you know of any successful claims out there against MRI? I am trying to decide whether to risk the 950 or not
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