Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Reef Village Unreturned deposit #494919
08/23/14 08:01 AM
08/23/14 08:01 AM
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
D&B Offline OP
D&B  Offline OP
I am sure this topic has been addressed before but I can't seem to find it on the forum. What is the process in Belize for pursuing legal action against Reef Village for $1000+ dollars of unreturned rent deposit?
We were told when we left in May that in one month it would be credited to our account...they told us the exact amount, what utility costs would be taken out etc.
Here it is the end of August and not one cent back. We have called, emailed numerous times, nothing, even though we are assured they are working on the problem and do admit we do have a refund due.
I seem to remember other people posting with a similar problem.
I guess I am looking for other perspectives, ideas...something. We loved the six months we spent on the island, traveling the country and especially the friends we made there. We were to return to Belize in November, but are rethinking. I am just frustrated!

Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: D&B] #494921
08/23/14 08:32 AM
08/23/14 08:32 AM
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,018
Sequim, WA & San Pedro
Loansum-Al K Offline
Loansum-Al K  Offline
Consider it a very expensive lesson will probably never get that money back, but please do come back but don't stay there!

I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!
Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: D&B] #494922
08/23/14 08:39 AM
08/23/14 08:39 AM
Joined: May 2000
Posts: 7,039
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye...
Amanda Syme Offline

Amanda Syme  Offline
I am fairly certain the managers that were there are long gone, never to return. So it is unlikely the funds will be returned. And sadly, if they are gone there isn't anyone to hold accountable for their actions.

Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: D&B] #494923
08/23/14 09:06 AM
08/23/14 09:06 AM
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 42
Rhode Island - USA
Cara Offline
Cara  Offline
You know I love Belize and San Pedro, but it's really obnoxious that people have to constantly chalk up to experience getting screwed there, and not even with the pleasure of a nice dinner out first. It really takes the edge off, when every experience becomes a potential lesson. I mean, the original poster is now talking about maybe not wanting to come back.

Last edited by Cara; 08/23/14 09:11 AM.

Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: D&B] #494925
08/23/14 09:30 AM
08/23/14 09:30 AM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 915
San Antonio TX and Seine Bight...
ckocian Offline
ckocian  Offline
The practice of requiring pre-payment at lodging accommodations is not uncommon in Belize. And added to that, an increasing penalty for cancelation as the reservation time grows closer. Being forewarned is standard and knowing who you are dealing with is essential for avoiding an infuriating disappointment. Travel insurance costs little and is a great comfort if plans change.

Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: D&B] #494927
08/23/14 09:42 AM
08/23/14 09:42 AM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 6,266
San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
Diane Campbell  Offline
I am so sorry to hear of a lost deposit - $1,000 is a lot of money.
I'd liken the experience to a really bad blind date. Hopefully it doesn't put you off from seeking a good relationship in the future?
Now that you have been here and know the players/places better, you won't need to choose blindly.
I hope that one bad landlord doesn't put you off an entire wonderful country and community!

Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: D&B] #494931
08/23/14 11:08 AM
08/23/14 11:08 AM
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,461
Belize City
Katie Valk Offline

Katie Valk  Offline
Legit hotels post their deposit and final payment requirements. I would have to say nearly all the hotels on the caye and in the country are honest and deliver. I would also imagine if you had googled this establishment before you sent the deposit, you would have found comments about them which would have been more than fair warning. I know this board has an old thread which addresses these same problems. I am sorry this happened to you, but this is not a reflection of most other businesses nor indicates a problem with advance payments.

Belize based travel specialist
[email protected]
Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: D&B] #494934
08/23/14 02:25 PM
08/23/14 02:25 PM
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
D&B Offline OP
D&B  Offline OP
Any and all comments are really appreciated, even the somewhat acerbic comments. I actually did research Reef before I took my cart over there, signed a three month lease and paid my deposit. The negative comments I had read on the web, prior to renting there, were related to the timeshare component of the business and not longer term rental. Lisa Cartwright, I believe was the managers name, was actually very efficient at resolving some small issues we had while we were there. I don't know if she is now part of the problem.
I guess we should consider ourselves lucky since out of all the places we have lived and traveled longterm worldwide, this is the only place this has occurred.
Again thank you for all the feedback.

Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: D&B] #495314
09/03/14 08:31 PM
09/03/14 08:31 PM
Joined: May 2014
Posts: 6
TexasDan Offline
TexasDan  Offline
To give you some kind of update about Reef. I purchased a condo their 6 months ago. I had dealings with the PM from a previous condo that I own. We decided to rent it out ourselves. The PM that was there quit about 4 months ago but the hoa denied it till about 3 weeks ago. Word is the PM run off with major $$$$$. She can't return due to legal action on her.

I would try contacting the HOA there. John Adams is the president. Push them hard to get ur money back.

On another note I have a condo elsewhere that is 2 bed 2 bath, 1300 sq ft, FULLY furnished, bottom floor over looking the pool and 100 yards to the beach. If ur interested let me know.

Re: Reef Village Unreturned deposit [Re: Loansum-Al K] #495427
09/06/14 05:57 AM
09/06/14 05:57 AM
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 66
Sunny Reef Offline
Sunny Reef  Offline
Originally Posted by Loansum-Al K
Consider it a very expensive lesson will probably never get that money back, but please do come back but don't stay there!

Well, to be honest: This is the ordinary reaction here in Belize and it's embarrassing: "You learned a lesson - you will never get your rights - but please come back" ......and then we cover everything with a curtain of silence.

Years ago I worked for Reef Village and they owe me 10 Thousands of US$ in salary and in the end I received many emails from owners telling me that I was the only honest person there but they could not help me as they wanted to "protect their investment". Hundreds of people from the outside had been ripped off by JP since then and he was still riding through the streets of San Pedro - with ministers of our government or other "celebrities" on the seat of his golf cart and he smiled and EVERYONE smiled back - it was so disgusting. For years he had been protected by our government even with huge evidence that he ripped so many off. It continued and still continues - years of rip offs and our BTB is incapable to stop this and shut the place down (at least till they pay their duties)! Yes, that would be the consequence to stop this bullshit. As long as we're willing to continue and always say: "Yes, sorry, but come back" we'll invite others to do the same and it will do more harm to our tourism than if once we would start to follow up on these scams and get them to the prosecutor. - Don't let me ask how many Thousand tourists we lost for closing our eyes and say: "well this is gone bad but come bacK!"

All this corruption, police brutality or ignorance of the law by authorities can only happen if we continue to allow this. It needs strength, some guts and an intention to stop this and make our country a reputable place! We could fight together but instead we always want to protect our shitty little investment and then hundreds of additional victims have to suffer now and in the future and we ALWAYS stay in bad reputation and all have to suffer - all of us and the poor people of Belize in the first place as they don't get jobs that are related to tourism!

My suggestion is: Never come back and tell to all of your friends to not travel to Belize and maybe one day, instead of trying to protect any investmant - selfish and egoistic - all people here will get together, stand up, say "NO" and stop this corruption and these cheaters and criminals and then it will be worth to come to this beautiful country and enjoy your vacation.

Again another beautiful day in paradise - just smile and be happy :-)
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do
Specials & Events

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
To Get Your Questions Answered

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
Click for the Thrifty Dollar Golf Club Rental website!
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 179 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online7,413
Nov 7th, 2021 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1