Is it possible to create leverage without suing or filing an arbitration?
Yes. Leverage is created by our ability to demand an accounting of annual dues for maintenance fees, etc., and to back it up with the ability to sue for it. The timeshare developer owes you a fiduciary duty to properly account for these maintenance fees. But this is where they are most vulnerable, because they invariably play fast and loose with these funds. The last thing they want is to have to open the books and records up to scrutiny in a public forum such as a court of law. It could adversely impact the value of their stock, and generally cost them dearly as a matter of public relations. The prospect of having to render these disclosures is generally enough of an incentive for them to grant a contract cancelation by consent, without having to go through the rest of the formal legal process. If not, the only option is to sue or to file a formal arbitration. Again, only an attorney can do this for you.