Code of Ethics
ARDA and its members are committed to the highest standards and ethical behavior in the industry.
To demonstrate that commitment, all ARDA members as a condition of membership must agree to comply with the ARDA Code of Ethics (Code). The Code consists of not only general conduct requirements, but also specific requirements for members to adhere to when transacting with consumers, standards for disclosure of information to the public, rules regarding resort management, base guidelines for resale activities, as well as administrative procedures for interpretation and enforcement of the Code.
Frequently asked questions
ARDA and its members are committed to ethical behavior in vacation ownership. All member activities subject to the Code are designed to be honest and fair, and are conducted with integrity, dignity and propriety.
The Code also provides for a comprehensive list of “best practices” that give additional guidance to companies doing business in the timeshare and vacation ownership industry.
If you are an ARDA member, there are guidelines in Section IV(B)(1) of the Code with details on how to submit a request for a determination that another member has failed to comply with the Code.
We also encourage members of the public to report any ARDA Member activity that might potentially be in violation of the Code. If you wish to report such activity, please email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you suspect you have been a victim of unlawful business practices, please submit a ticket at Ask ROC, which goes directly to a member of the ARDA-ROC Consumer Support Team.
ARDA does not mediate or arbitrate individual disputes between consumers and ARDA member companies. When we receive information regarding a potential violation of the Code, we forward those complaints to the company for its consideration and resolution. It is then up to the respective parties to resolve any potential dispute.
Information submitted by the public may be used by ARDA to act against members when there is a consistent pattern of business practices that are in violation of the code.
If a member is determined to be in violation of the Code, ARDA may take the following actions:
- Privately or publicly admonish the member
- Prepare a letter of censure
- Place the member on probation
- Suspend the member from ARDA membership
- Terminate the member from ARDA membership
As a professional trade association, ARDA’s ability to enforce its Code is limited to ARDA member companies. ARDA is not an enforcement body and cannot pursue actions against non-ARDA member companies. However, if you would like to provide information about a non-ARDA member company, contact us at email@example.com.
For ARDA and its members, our shared a passion and commitment to the timeshare industry guides our mission to ensure the strictest ethics, the highest standards, and superior vacation products. Learn more about ARDA membership.