Terms of Service
IF YOU RESIDE IN THE UNITED STATES, PLEASE NOTE: SECTION 34 OF THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CONTAINS AN ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER. IT AFFECTS HOW DISPUTES WITH FOURSTAY INC. ARE RESOLVED. BY ACCEPTING THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS ARBITRATION PROVISION. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, REMEDIES AND OBLIGATIONS. THESE INCLUDE VARIOUS LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS, A CLAUSE THAT GOVERNS THE JURISDICTION AND VENUE OF DISPUTES, AND OBLIGATIONS TO COMPLY WITH APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS.
IN PARTICULAR, HOSTS SHOULD UNDERSTAND HOW THE LAWS WORK IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CITIES. SOME CITIES HAVE LAWS THAT RESTRICT THEIR ABILITY TO HOST PAYING GUESTS FOR SHORT PERIODS. THESE LAWS ARE OFTEN PART OF A CITY’S ZONING OR ADMINISTRATIVE CODES. IN MANY CITIES, HOSTS MUST REGISTER, GET A PERMIT, OR OBTAIN A LICENSE BEFORE LISTING A PROPERTY OR ACCEPTING GUESTS. CERTAIN TYPES OF SHORT-TERM BOOKINGS MAY BE PROHIBITED ALTOGETHER. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS VARY GREATLY IN HOW THEY ENFORCE THESE LAWS. PENALTIES MAY INCLUDE FINES OR OTHER ENFORCEMENT. HOSTS SHOULD REVIEW LOCAL LAWS BEFORE LISTING A SPACE ON FOURSTAY INC.
Last Updated: June 2017
- Key Terms
4stay provides an online platform that connects hosts who have accommodations to list and book with students and interns seeking to book such accommodations (collectively, the “Services“), which Services are accessible at www.4stay.com and any other websites through which 4stay makes the Services available (collectively, the “Site“) and as applications for mobile, tablet and other smart devices and application program interfaces (collectively, the “Application“).
If you are using the Site, Application or Services and you reside in the USA, these Terms of Service are between you and Fourstay, Inc. Handle any and all payments and payouts conducted through or in connection with the Site, Application or Services (“Payment Services“). Payment Services provided by Fourstay Payments are subject to the Payments Terms of Service (“Payments Terms“).
“Accommodation” means residential and other properties.
“Fourstay Content” means all Content that Fourstay makes available through the Site, Application, Services, or its related promotional campaigns and official social media channels, including any Content licensed from a third party, but excluding Member Content.
“Booking” means a limited license granted by the Host to the Guest to enter and use the Listing for the limited duration of the confirmed booking, during which time the Host (only where and to the extent permitted by applicable law) retains the right to re-enter the Accommodation, in accordance with the Guest’s agreement with the Host. Please note, as used on the Site, Applications, and Services, “short term rental” and “home sharing” have the same meaning as “Booking;” all three terms mean a limited license to enter and use the Accommodation for the duration of the confirmed booking as defined above.
“Booking Request Period” means the time period starting from the time when a Booking is requested by a Guest (as determined by Fourstay in its sole discretion), within which a Host may decide whether to confirm or reject that Booking request, as stated on the Site, Application or Services. Different Booking Request Periods may apply in different places.
“Collective Content” means Member Content and Fourstay Content.
“Communication” means an email, message via the Application, phone call, text message or message.
“Content” means text, graphics, images, music, software (excluding the Application), audio, video, information or other materials.
“Guest” means a Member who requests from a Host a Booking of a Listing via the Site, Application or Services, or a Member who stays at an Accommodation and is not the Host for the associated Listing.
“Host” means a Member who creates a Listing via the Site, Application and Services.
“Listing” means an Accommodation that is listed by a Host as available for Booking via the Site, Application, and Services.
“Member” means a person who completes Fourstay’s account registration process, including but not limited to Hosts and Guests, as described under “Account Registration” below.
“Member Content” means all Content that a Member posts, uploads, publishes, submits, transmits, or includes in their Listing, Member profile or Fourstay promotional campaign to be made available through the Site, Application or Services.
“Tax” or “Taxes” mean any sales taxes, value added taxes (VAT), goods and services taxes (GST), transient occupancy taxes, tourist or other visitor taxes, accommodation or lodging taxes, fees (such as convention center fees) that Accommodation providers may be required by law to collect and remit to governmental agencies, and other similar municipal, state, federal and national indirect or other withholding and personal or corporate income taxes.
Fourstay reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify the Site, Application or Services or to modify these Terms, including the Service Fees, at any time and without prior notice. If we modify these Terms, we will post the modification on the Site or via the Application and/or provide you notice of the modification by email. We will also update the “Last Updated” date at the top of these Terms. Changes to the Terms will be effective at the time of posting. Your continued access or use of the Site, Application or Services will constitute acceptance of the modified Terms. Additionally, if the modified Terms contain material changes applicable to existing Members (by decreasing your rights or increasing your responsibilities), we will provide you with notice prior to the changes taking effect. If the modified Terms are not acceptable to you, your only recourse is to cease using the Site, Application and Services. If you do not close your Fourstay Account you will be deemed to have accepted the changes.
The Site, Application and Services are intended solely for persons who are 18 or older. Any access to or use of the Site, Application or Services by anyone under 18 is expressly prohibited. By accessing or using the Site, Application or Services you represent and warrant that you are 18 or older.
For users in the United States, Fourstay may, to the extent permitted by applicable laws and if we have sufficient information to identify a user, obtain reports from public records of criminal convictions or sex offender registrations of the user. For users outside the United States, we may, to the extent permitted by applicable laws and if we have sufficient information to identify a user, obtain the local version of background or registered sex offender checks in our sole discretion. You agree and authorize us to use your personal information, such as your full name and date of birth, to obtain such reports, including from Fourstay’s vendors.
- How the Site, Application and Services Work
The Site, Application and Services can be used to facilitate the listing and Booking of Accommodations. Such Accommodations are included in Listings on the Site, Application and Services by Hosts. You may view Listings as an unregistered visitor to the Site, Application and Services; however, if you wish to book an Accommodation or create a Listing, you must first register to create a Fourstay Account (defined below).
As stated above, Fourstay makes available an online platform or marketplace with related technology for Guests and Hosts to meet online and arrange for Bookings of Accommodations directly with each other. Fourstay is not an owner or operator of properties, including, but not limited to, hotel rooms, motel rooms, other lodgings or Accommodations, nor is it a provider of properties, including, but not limited to, hotel rooms, motel rooms, other lodgings or Accommodations and Fourstay does not own, sell, resell, furnish, provide, rent, re-rent, manage and/or control properties, including, but not limited to, hotel rooms, motel rooms, other lodgings or Accommodations services. Unless explicitly specified otherwise in the Fourstay platform, Fourstay’s responsibilities are limited to facilitating the availability of the Site, Application and Services.
PLEASE NOTE THAT, AS STATED ABOVE, THE SITE, APPLICATION AND SERVICES ARE INTENDED TO BE USED TO FACILITATE HOSTS AND GUESTS CONNECTING AND BOOKING ACCOMMODATIONS DIRECTLY WITH EACH OTHER. FOURSTAY CANNOT AND DOES NOT CONTROL THE CONTENT CONTAINED IN ANY LISTINGS AND THE CONDITION, LEGALITY OR SUITABILITY OF ANY ACCOMMODATIONS. FOURSTAY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY RELATED TO ANY AND ALL LISTINGS AND ACCOMMODATIONS. ACCORDINGLY, ANY BOOKINGS WILL BE MADE OR ACCEPTED AT THE MEMBER’S OWN RISK.
- Account Registration
In order to access certain features of the Site and Application, and to book an Accommodation or create a Listing, you must register to create an account (“Fourstay Account“) and become a Member. You may register to join the Services directly via the Site or Application or as described in this section.
You can also register to join by logging into your account with certain third-party social networking sites (“SNS“) (including, but not limited to, Facebook; each such account, a “Third-Party Account“), via our Site or Application, as described below. As part of the functionality of the Site, Application and Services, you may link your Fourstay Account with Third-Party Accounts, by either: (i) providing your Third-Party Account login information to Fourstay through the Site, Services or Application; or (ii) allowing Fourstay to access your Third-Party Account, as permitted under the applicable terms and conditions that govern your use of each Third-Party Account. You represent that you are entitled to disclose your Third-Party Account login information to Fourstay and/or grant Fourstay access to your Third-Party Account (including, but not limited to, for use for the purposes described herein), without breach by you of any of the terms and conditions that govern your use of the applicable Third-Party Account and without obligating Fourstay to pay any fees or making Fourstay subject to any usage limitations imposed by such third-party service providers. By granting Fourstay access to any Third-Party Accounts, you understand that Fourstay will access, make available and store (if applicable) any Content that you have provided to and stored in your Third-Party Account (“SNS Content“) so that it is available on and through the Site, Services and Application via your Fourstay Account and Fourstay Account profile page. Unless otherwise specified in these Terms, all SNS Content, if any, will be considered to be Member Content for all purposes of these Terms. Depending on the Third-Party Accounts you choose and subject to the privacy settings that you have set in such Third-Party Accounts, personally identifiable information that you post to your Third-Party Accounts will be available on and through your Fourstay Account on the Site, Services and Application. Please note that if a Third-Party Account or associated service becomes unavailable or Fourstay’s access to such Third-Party Account is terminated by the third-party service provider, then SNS Content will no longer be available on and through the Site, Services and Application. You have the ability to disable the connection between your Fourstay Account and your Third-Party Accounts, at any time, by accessing the “Settings” section of the Site and Application. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR THIRD-PARTY ACCOUNTS IS GOVERNED SOLELY BY YOUR AGREEMENT(S) WITH SUCH THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS. Fourstay makes no effort to review any SNS Content for any purpose, including but not limited to for accuracy, legality or non-infringement and Fourstay is not responsible for any SNS Content.
Your Fourstay Account and your Fourstay Account profile page will be created for your use of the Site and Application based upon the personal information you provide to us or that we obtain via an SNS as described above. You may not have more than one (1) active Fourstay Account. You agree to provide accurate, current and complete information during the registration process and to update such information to keep it accurate, current and complete. Fourstay reserves the right to suspend or terminate your Fourstay Account and your access to the Site, Application and Services if you create more than one (1) Fourstay Account, or if any information provided during the registration process or thereafter proves to be inaccurate, fraudulent, not current, incomplete, or otherwise in violation of these Terms of Service.
You are responsible for safeguarding your password. You agree that you will not disclose your password to any third party.
Unless expressly authorized by a specific feature on Fourstay, you are not permitted to share your Fourstay Account with anyone or allow others to access or use your Fourstay Account. Fourstay may enable features, in our discretion, that allow other Members to take certain actions associated with your Fourstay Account, on your behalf with your express authorization, such as having your executive assistant, or employer book on your behalf or adding a family member to your account as an additional Host. You agree that you will take sole responsibility for any activities or actions under your Fourstay Account, whether or not you have authorized such activities or actions. You will immediately notify Fourstay of any unauthorized use of your Fourstay Account.
- Accommodation Listings
As a Member, you may create Listings. To create a Listing, you will be asked a variety of questions about the Accommodation to be listed, including, but not limited to, the location, capacity, size, features, and availability of the Accommodation and pricing and related rules and financial terms. In order to be featured in Listings via the Site, Application and Services, all Accommodations must have valid physical addresses. Listings will be made publicly available via the Site, Application and Services. You understand and agree that the placement or ranking of Listings in search results may depend on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, Guest and Host preferences, ratings and/or ease of Booking.
Other Members will be able to book your Accommodation via the Site, Application and Services based upon the information provided in your Listing, your Guest requirements, and Guests’ search parameters and preferences. You understand and agree that once a Guest requests a Booking of your Accommodation, you may not request the Guest to pay a higher price than in the Booking request.
You acknowledge and agree that you alone are responsible for any and all Listings and Member Content you post. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that any Listing you post and the Booking of, or a Guest’s stay at, an Accommodation in a Listing you post (i) will not breach any agreements you have entered into with any third parties, such as homeowners association, condominium, or other third party agreements, and (ii) will (a) be in compliance with all applicable laws (such as zoning laws), Tax requirements, Intellectual Property laws, and rules and regulations that may apply to any Accommodation included in a Listing you post (including having all required permits, licenses and registrations), and (b) not conflict with the rights of third parties. Please note that Fourstay assumes no responsibility for a Host’s compliance with any agreements with or duties to third parties, applicable laws, rules and regulations. Fourstay reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or disable access to any Listing for any reason, including Listings that Fourstay, in its sole discretion, considers to be objectionable for any reason, in violation of these Terms.
If you are a Host, you understand and agree that Fourstay does not act as an insurer or as your contracting agent. If a Guest requests a Booking of your Accommodation and stays at your Accommodation, any agreement you enter into with such Guest is between you and the Guest and Fourstay is not a party to it.
When you create a Listing, you may also choose to include certain requirements which must be met by the Members who are eligible to request a Booking of your Accommodation, such as requiring Members to have a profile picture or verified phone number, in order to book your Accommodation. Any Member wishing to book Accommodations included in Listings with such requirements must meet these requirements. More information on how to set such requirements is available via the “Hosting” section of the Site, Application and Services.
If you are a Host, Fourstay makes certain tools available to you to help you to make informed decisions about which Members you choose to confirm or preapprove for Booking for your Accommodation. You acknowledge and agree that, as a Host, you are responsible for your own acts and omissions and are also responsible for the acts and omissions of any individuals who reside at or are otherwise present at the Accommodation at your request or invitation, excluding the Guest (and the individuals the Guest invites to the Accommodation, if applicable.)
Fourstay recommends that Hosts obtain appropriate insurance for their Accommodations. Please review any insurance policy that you may have for your Accommodation carefully, and in particular please make sure that you are familiar with and understand any exclusions to, and any deductibles that may apply for, such insurance policy, including, but not limited to, whether or not your insurance policy will cover the actions or inactions of or relating to Guests (and the individuals the Guest invites to the Accommodation, if applicable) while at your Accommodation.
Fourstay may offer Hosts the option of having photographers take photographs of their Accommodations. If you as a Host choose to have photographer do this, Fourstay shall own all copyrights in photographs taken but these photographs will be made available to you to include in your Listing with a watermark or tag bearing the words “4stay.com Verified Photo” or similar wording (“Verified Images“). You agree that you alone are responsible for ensuring that your Listing is accurately represented in the Verified Images. You alone are responsible for using the Verified Images for your Listing and you warrant that you will cease to use the Verified Images or any other images if such images cease to accurately represent your Listing or if you cease to be a Host for the Listing featured. All images, materials and content created by these photographers, including Verified Images, constitute Fourstay Content, regardless of whether you include them in your Listing and you agree not to use them except in your Listing without prior authorization from Fourstay. If your Fourstay Account is terminated or suspended for any reason, you shall not use Verified Images in any way. You agree that Fourstay retains its right to and may use the Verified Images for advertising, marketing, commercial and other business purposes in any media or platform, whether in relation to your Listing or otherwise, without further notice or compensation.
- No Endorsement
Fourstay does not endorse any Member, Listing or Accommodation. You understand that Verified Images are intended only to indicate a photographic representation of the Accommodation at the time the photograph was taken. Verified Images are therefore not an endorsement by Fourstay of any Member, Listing or Accommodation.
Members are required by these Terms to provide accurate information. Although Fourstay may, for transparency or fraud prevention or detection purposes, directly or through third parties, ask you to provide a form of government identification, your date of birth, and other information, or undertake additional checks and processes designed to help verify or check the identities or backgrounds of Members and/or screen Member information against third party databases or other sources, we do not make any representations about, confirm, or endorse any Member or the Member’s purported identity or background.
By registering for an Fourstay Account, you agree that Fourstay may - but is not obligated to - request a consumer report on you from a Consumer Reporting Agency. If we do request a consumer report, we’ll request and use it in compliance with applicable law, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Any references in the Site, Application or Services to a Member being “verified” or “connected” (or similar language) only indicate that the Member has completed a relevant verification or identification process, and does not represent anything else. Any such description is not an endorsement, certification or guarantee by Fourstay about any Member, including of the Member’s identity and whether the Member is trustworthy, safe or suitable. Instead, any such description is intended to be useful information for you to evaluate when you make your own decisions about the identity and suitability of others whom you contact or interact with via the Site, Application and Services. We therefore recommend that you always exercise due diligence and care when deciding whether to stay with a Host or to accept or preapprove a Booking request from a Guest, or to have any other interaction with any other Member.
By using the Site, Application or Services, you agree that any legal remedy or liability that you seek to obtain for actions or omissions of other Members or other third parties will be limited to a claim against the particular Members or other third parties who caused you harm. You agree not to attempt to impose liability on or seek any legal remedy from Fourstay with respect to such actions or omissions. Accordingly, we encourage you to communicate directly with other Members on the Site and Services regarding any Bookings or Listings made by you. This limitation shall not apply to any claim by a Host against Fourstay regarding the remittance of payments received from a Guest by Fourstay on behalf of a Host, which instead shall be subject to the limitations described in the section below entitled “Limitation of Liability”.
- Bookings and Financial Terms
- Key definitions
“Accommodation Fees” means the amounts that are due and payable by a Guest in exchange for that Guest’s stay in an Accommodation. The Host alone, and not Fourstay, is responsible for the Accommodation Fees for his or her Listing. The Host may in his or her sole discretion decide to include in these amounts (i) a cleaning fee or any other fee permitted on the Fourstay platform, or (ii) Taxes that the Host determines that he or she has to collect.
“Guest Fees” means the fee that Fourstay charges a Guest for the use of the Services, which is calculated as a percentage of the applicable Accommodation Fees. The Guest Fees will be displayed to the Guest when the Guest is asked whether to send a Booking request to a Host.
“Host Fees” means the fee that Fourstay charges a Host for the use of the Services, which is calculated as a percentage of the applicable Accommodation Fees.
“Payment Method” means a payment method that you have added to your Fourstay Account, such as a credit card, debit card or PayPal.
“Service Fees” means collectively the Guest Fees and the Host Fees.
“Total Fees” means collectively the Accommodation Fees and the Guest Fees plus any Taxes.
- Bookings and Financial Terms for Hosts
If you are a Host and a Booking is requested for your Accommodation via the Site, Application or Services, you will be required to either preapprove, confirm or reject the Booking request within the Booking Request Period, otherwise the Booking request will automatically expire. When a Booking is requested via the Site, Application or Services, we will share with you (i) the first and last name of the Guest who has requested the Booking, (ii) a link to the Guest’s Fourstay Account profile page, (iii) if the Guest and Host have both connected their Fourstay accounts to SNS and have not turned off sharing of social connections, the names of any shared connections on such SNS, and (iv) an indication of whether or not the Guest has provided other information to Fourstay, such as a verified email address, connection to SNSs, or a government ID. If you are unable to confirm or decide to reject a Booking request within the Booking Request Period, any amounts collected by Fourstay (via Fourstay Payments) for the requested Booking will be refunded to the applicable Guest. When you confirm a Booking requested by a Guest, Fourstay will send you a Communication confirming such Booking, depending on the selections you make via the Site, Application and Services.
Fourstay Payments will collect the Total Fees from Guests at the time of the Booking request or upon the Host’s confirmation and will initiate payment of the Accommodation Fees (less applicable fees and taxes) to the Host at the time and as further described in the Payments Terms.
Each Host agrees that Fourstay may, in accordance with the cancellation policy selected by the Host and reflected in the relevant Listing, (i) permit the Guest to cancel the Booking and (ii) refund (via Fourstay Payments) to the Guest that portion of the Accommodation Fees specified in the applicable cancellation policy.
- Bookings and Financial Terms for Guests
The Hosts, not Fourstay, are solely responsible for honoring any confirmed Bookings and making available any Accommodations reserved through the Site, Application and Services. If you, as a Guest, choose to enter into a transaction with a Host for the Booking of an Accommodation, you agree and understand that you will be required to enter into an agreement with the Host and you agree to accept any terms, conditions, rules and restrictions associated with such Accommodation imposed by the Host.
You acknowledge and agree that you, and not Fourstay, will be responsible for performing the obligations of any such agreements, that Fourstay is not a party to such agreements, and that, with the exception of Fourstay Payments’ obligations pursuant to the Payments Terms, Fourstay (inclusive of all subsidiaries) disclaims all liability arising from or related to any such agreements.
The Total Fees payable will be displayed to a Guest before the Guest sends a Booking request to a Host. As noted above, the Host is required to either preapprove, confirm or reject the Booking request within the Booking Request Period; otherwise, the requested Booking will be automatically cancelled. Upon receipt of your Booking request, Fourstay Payments may initiate a pre-authorization and/or charge a nominal amount to your Payment Method pursuant to the Payments Terms. If a requested Booking is cancelled (i.e. not confirmed by the applicable Host), any amounts collected by Fourstay Payments will be refunded to such Guest, depending on the selections the Guest makes via the Site and Application, and any pre-authorization of such Guest’s Payment Method will be released, if applicable.
You as a Guest agree to pay the Total Fees for any Booking requested, and in most cases confirmed, in connection with your Fourstay Account. Fourstay Payments will collect the Total Fees pursuant to the Payments Terms.
Once your confirmed Booking transaction is complete you will receive a confirmation Communication summarizing your confirmed Booking.
- Service Fees and Other Fees
In consideration for the use of Fourstay’s online marketplace and platform, Fourstay charges Service Fees. Fourstay Payments collects these Service Fees pursuant to the Payments Terms, and, where applicable, may also collect Taxes in respect of the Host Fees and Guest Fees. Fourstay Payments deducts the Host Fees from the Accommodation Fees before remitting the balance to the Host as described in the Payments Terms. Guest Fees are, as noted above, included in the Total Fees.
Applicable Guest Fees, as well as Taxes collected by Fourstay, will be shown to Guests via the Site and Application at checkout, prior to their submission of a Booking request. And, Fourstay will disclose applicable Host Fees to Hosts via the Site and Application.
- Cancellations and Refunds
If, as a Guest, you wish to cancel a confirmed Booking made via the Site, Application and Services, either prior to or after arriving at the Accommodation, the cancellation policy of the Host contained in the applicable Listing will apply to such cancellation. Our ability to refund the Accommodation Fees, Guest Fees and other amounts charged to you will depend upon the terms of the applicable cancellation policy. Details regarding refunds and cancellation policies are available via the Site and Application. The Guest Fee is non-refundable unless otherwise indicated in the cancellation policy selected by the Host. Fourstay Payments will initiate any refunds due pursuant to the Payments Terms.
If a Host cancels a confirmed Booking made via the Site, Services, and Application, (i) Fourstay Payments will refund the Total Fees for such Booking to the applicable Guest pursuant to the Payments Terms and (ii) the Guest will receive a Communication from Fourstay containing alternative Listings and other related information. If the Guest requests a Booking from one of the alternative Listings and the Host associated with such alternative Listing confirms the Guest’s requested Booking, then the Guest agrees to pay Fourstay the Total Fees relating to the confirmed Booking for the Accommodation in the alternative Listing, in accordance with these Terms. If a Host cancelled a confirmed Booking and you, as a Guest, have not received a Communication from Fourstay, please contact Fourstay.
If, as a Host, you cancel a confirmed Booking, you agree that Fourstay may apply penalties or consequences to you or your Listing, including (i) publishing an automated review on your Listing indicating that a Booking was cancelled, (ii) keeping the calendar for your Listing unavailable or blocked for the dates of the cancelled Booking, or (iii) imposing a cancellation fee. You will be notified of the situations in which a cancellation fee applies before you decide to cancel.
In certain circumstances, Fourstay may decide, in its sole discretion, that it is necessary or desirable to cancel a confirmed Booking made via the Site, Application and Services. This may be for reasons set forth in Fourstay’s Extenuating Circumstances Policy or for any other reason. Fourstay may also determine, in its sole discretion, to refund to the Guest part or all of the amounts charged to the Guest in accordance with the Guest Refund Policy or in connection with a cancellation under Fourstay’s Extenuating Circumstances Policy. You agree that Fourstay and the relevant Guest or Host will not have any liability for such cancellations or refunds.
- Resolution Center
Members may use the Resolution Center to send or request money for refunds, services or damages related to their Bookings. You agree to pay all amounts sent through the Resolution Center in connection with your Fourstay Account, and Fourstay Payments will handle all such payments pursuant to the Payments Terms. When a Member agrees to provide services or amenities to another Member via the Resolution Center, both parties acknowledge and agree that they, and not Fourstay, will be responsible for performing their respective obligations of any such agreements, that Fourstay is not a party to such agreements, and that, with the exception of Fourstay Payments’ obligations pursuant to the Payments Terms, Fourstay (inclusive of all subsidiaries) disclaims all liability arising from or related to any such agreements and the services or amenities provided.
- Rounding Off
Fourstay may, in its sole discretion, round up or round down amounts that are payable from or to Guests or Hosts to the nearest whole functional base unit in which the currency is denominated (e.g. to the nearest dollar, euro or other supported currency); for example, Fourstay will round up an amount of 102.00, and 101.00
- Booking Modifications
You as a Guest or Host are responsible for any modifications to a Booking that you direct Fourstay Customer Service to make (“Booking Modifications“), and you agree to pay any Accommodation Fees, Guest Fees, Hosts Fees, Services Fees, and/or Taxes associated with such Booking Modifications.
- Key definitions
Tax regulations may require us to collect appropriate tax information from our Hosts, or to withhold taxes from payouts to Hosts, or both. For instance, IRS regulations stipulate that we must collect an IRS Form W–9 from certain US Hosts, You as a Host are solely responsible for keeping the information in your tax forms current, complete and accurate. If you as a Host fail to provide us with documentation that we determine to be sufficient to alleviate our obligation (if any) to withhold taxes from payments to you (e.g. where you are a US Host and you fail to provide us with a completed IRS Form W–9), we reserve the right in our sole discretion to freeze all payouts to you until resolution, to withhold such amounts as required by law, or to do both.
You as a Host understand and agree that you are solely responsible for determining (i) your applicable Tax reporting requirements, and (ii) the Taxes that should be included, and for including Taxes to be collected or obligations relating to applicable Taxes in Listings. You are also solely responsible for remitting to the relevant authority any Taxes included or received by you. Fourstay cannot and does not offer Tax-related advice to any Members.
Where applicable, or based upon request from a Host, Fourstay may issue a valid VAT invoice to such Host.
You understand and acknowledge that appropriate governmental agencies, departments or authorities (the “Tax Authority“) where your Accommodation is located may require Taxes to be collected from Guests or Hosts on the amount paid for the right to use and/or occupancy of accommodations, and to be remitted to the respective Tax Authority. The laws in jurisdictions may vary, but these taxes may be required to be collected and remitted as a percentage of the Accommodation Fees set by Hosts, a set amount per day, or other variations, and are sometimes called “occupancy taxes,” “lodging taxes,” “transient taxes,” “sales and use taxes,” “value added taxes,” “room taxes” or “tourist taxes” (hereafter, “Occupancy Taxes“).
- Currency Conversion
Fourstay’s online platform facilitates Bookings between Guests and Hosts who may pay in a currency different from their destination currency, which may require currency conversions to accommodate these differing currency preferences. Although the Fourstay platform allows users to view the price of Listings in a number of currencies, the currencies available for users to make and receive payments may be limited, and may not include the default currency in any given geographic location.
Details regarding currency conversion, including any associated fees, are detailed in the Payments Terms.
- Damage to Accommodations and Security Deposits
As a Guest, you are responsible for leaving the Accommodation (including any personal or other property located at an Accommodation) in the condition it was in when you arrived. You acknowledge and agree that, as a Guest, you are responsible for your own acts and omissions and are also responsible for the acts and omissions of any individuals whom you invite to, or otherwise provide access to, the Accommodation. In the event that a Host claims otherwise and provides evidence of damage (“Damage Claim“), including but not limited to photographs, you agree to pay the cost of replacing the damaged items with equivalent items.
Hosts may choose to include security deposits in their Listings (“Security Deposits“). Each Listing will describe whether a Security Deposit is required for the applicable Accommodation. Fourstay will use commercially reasonable efforts to address Hosts’ requests and claims related to Security Deposits, but Fourstay is not responsible for administering or accepting any Damage Claims by Hosts related to Security Deposits, and disclaims any and all liability in this regard.
If a Host has a Damage Claim for a confirmed Booking, the Host can seek payment from the Guest through the Fourstay Customer Service. The Host may escalate the Damage Claim to Fourstay if the Host and Guest are unable to resolve a Damage Claim through the Customer Service, or immediately in certain circumstances. If a Host escalates a Damage Claim to Fourstay, you as a Guest will be notified of the Damage Claim and given an opportunity to respond. If you as a Guest agree to pay the Host in connection with a Damage Claim, or if Fourstay determines, in its sole discretion, that you are responsible for damaging an Accommodation or any personal or other property located at an Accommodation, Fourstay (via Fourstay Payments) will collect any such costs from you and/or against the Security Deposit in accordance with the Payments Terms. Fourstay also reserves the right to otherwise collect payment from you and pursue any avenues available to Fourstay in this regard in situations in which you have been determined, in Fourstay’s sole discretion, to have damaged any Accommodation or any personal or other property located at an Accommodation.
Both Guests and Hosts agree to cooperate with and assist Fourstay in good faith, and to provide Fourstay with such information and take such actions as may be reasonably requested by Fourstay, in connection with any Damage Claims or other complaints or claims made by Members relating to Accommodations or any personal or other property located at an Accommodation or with respect to any investigation undertaken by Fourstay or a representative of Fourstay regarding use or abuse of the Site, Application or the Services. If you are a Guest, upon Fourstay’s reasonable request, and to the extent you are reasonably able to do so, you agree to participate in mediation or similar resolution process with a Host, at no cost to you, which process will be conducted by Fourstay or a third party selected by Fourstay or its insurer, with respect to losses for which the Host is requesting payment from Fourstay under the Fourstay Host Guarantee.
If you are a Guest, you understand and agree that Fourstay may make a claim under your homeowner’s, renter’s or other insurance policy related to any damage or loss that you may have caused or been responsible for or to an Accommodation or any personal or other property located at an Accommodation (including without limitation amounts paid by Fourstay under the Fourstay Host Guarantee). You agree to cooperate with and assist Fourstay in good faith, and to provide Fourstay with such information as may be reasonably requested by Fourstay, in order to make a claim under your homeowner’s, renter’s or other insurance policy, including, but not limited to, executing documents and taking such further acts as Fourstay may reasonably request to assist Fourstay in accomplishing the foregoing.
Security Deposits, if required by a Host, may be applied to any fees due from a Guest overstaying at a Listing without the Host’s consent.
- Overstaying without the Host’s Consent
Guests agree that a confirmed Booking is merely a license granted by the Host to the Guest to enter and use the Listing for the limited duration of the confirmed Booking and in accordance with the Guest’s agreement with the Host. Guests further agree to leave the Accommodation no later than the checkout time that the Host specifies in the Listing or such other time as mutually agreed upon between the Host and Guest. If a Guest stays past the agreed upon checkout time without the Host’s consent, they no longer have a license to stay in the Listing and the Host is entitled to make the Guest leave. In addition, Guests agree that the Host can charge the Guest, for each 24 hour period that the Guest stays over the agreed period without the Host’s consent, an additional nightly fee of two times the average nightly Accommodation Fee originally paid by the Guest to cover the inconvenience suffered by the Host, plus all applicable Service Fees, Taxes, and any legal expenses incurred by the Host to make the Guest leave (collectively, “Additional Sums“). Fourstay Payments will collect Additional Sums from Guests pursuant to the Payments Terms.
- User Conduct
You understand and agree that you are solely responsible for compliance with any and all laws, rules, regulations, and Tax obligations that may apply to your use of the Site, Application, Services and Collective Content. In connection with your use of the Site, Application, Services and Collective Content, you may not and you agree that you will not:
- violate any local, state, provincial, national, or other law or regulation, or any order of a court, including, without limitation, zoning restrictions and Tax regulations;
- use manual or automated software, devices, scripts, robots, backdoors or other means or processes to access, “scrape,” “crawl” or “spider” any web pages or other services contained in the Site, Application, Services or Collective Content;
- use the Site, Application, Services or Collective Content for any commercial or other purposes that are not expressly permitted by these Terms or in a manner that falsely implies Fourstay endorsement, partnership or otherwise misleads others as to your affiliation with Fourstay;
- dilute, tarnish or otherwise harm the Fourstay brand in any way,
- including through unauthorized use of Collective Content,
- registering and/or using Fourstay or derivative terms in domain names, trade names, trademarks or other source identifiers, or registering and/or using domains names, trade names, trademarks or other source identifiers that closely imitate or are confusingly similar to Fourstay domains, trademarks, taglines, promotional campaigns or Collective Content
- copy, store or otherwise access or use any information contained on the Site, Application, Services or Collective Content for purposes not expressly permitted by these Terms;
- infringe the rights of Fourstay or the rights of any other person or entity, including without limitation, their intellectual property, privacy, publicity or contractual right
- interfere with or damage our Site, Application or Services, including, without limitation, through the use of viruses, cancel bots, Trojan horses, harmful code, flood pings, denial-of-service attacks, backdoors, packet or IP spoofing, forged routing or electronic mail address information or similar methods or technology;
- use our Site, Application or Services to transmit, distribute, post or submit any information concerning any other person or entity, including without limitation, photographs of others without their permission, personal contact information or credit, debit, calling card or account numbers;
- use our Site, Application, Services or Collective Content in connection with the distribution of unsolicited commercial email (“spam”) or advertisements unrelated to lodging in a private residence;
- “stalk” or harass any other user of our Site, Application, Services or Collective Content, or collect or store any personally identifiable information about any other user other than for purposes of transacting as an Fourstay Guest or Host;
- offer, as a Host, any Accommodation that you do not yourself own or have permission to Book as a residential or other property (without limiting the foregoing, you will not list Accommodations as a Host if you are serving in the capacity of an agent for a third party);
- offer, as a Host, any Accommodation that may not be Booked pursuant to the terms and conditions of an agreement with a third party;
- register for more than one Fourstay Account or register for an Fourstay Account on behalf of an individual other than yourself;
- unless Fourstay explicitly permits otherwise, request or book a stay at any Accommodation if you will not actually be staying at the Accommodation yourself;
- contact another Member for any purpose other than asking a question related to a Booking, Accommodation, Listing, or the Member’s use of the Site, Application and Services;
- recruit or otherwise solicit any Host or other Member to join third-party services or websites that are competitive to Fourstay, without Fourstay’s prior written approval;
- recruit or otherwise solicit any Member to join third-party services, applications or websites, without our prior written approval;
- impersonate any person or entity, or falsify or otherwise misrepresent yourself or your affiliation with any person or entity;
- use automated scripts to collect information from or otherwise interact with the Site, Application, Services or Collective Content;
- use the Site, Application, Services or Collective Content to find a Host or Guest and then complete a Booking of an Accommodation independent of the Site, Application or Services, in order to circumvent the obligation to pay any Service Fees related to Fourstay’s provision of the Services or for any other reasons;
- as a Host, submit any Listing with false or misleading information, including price information, or submit any Listing with a price that you do not intend to honor;
- violate these Terms
- engage in disruptive, circumventive, abusive or harassing behavior in any area or aspect of our Platform, Application, or Services;
- post, upload, publish, submit or transmit any Content that: (i) infringes, misappropriates or violates a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) violates, or encourages any conduct that would violate, any applicable law or regulation or would give rise to civil liability; (iii) is fraudulent, false, misleading (directly or by omission or failure to update information) or deceptive; (iv) is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, vulgar or offensive; (v) promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment or harm against any individual or group; (vi) is violent or threatening or promotes violence or actions that are threatening to any other person; or (vii) promotes illegal or harmful activities or substances;
- systematically retrieve data or other content from our Site, Application or Services to create or compile, directly or indirectly, in single or multiple downloads, a collection, compilation, database, directory or the like, whether by manual methods, through the use of bots, crawlers, or spiders, or otherwise;
- use, display, mirror or frame the Site, Application, Services or Collective Content, or any individual element within the Site, Application, Services or Collective Content, Fourstay’s name, any Fourstay trademark, logo or other proprietary information, or the layout and design of any page or form contained on a page in the Site, Application or Services, without Fourstay’s express written consent;
- access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of the Site, Application or Services, Fourstay’s computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of Fourstay’s providers;
- attempt to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any Fourstay system or network or breach any security or authentication measures;
- avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, impair, descramble, or otherwise circumvent any technological measure implemented by Fourstay or any of Fourstay’s providers or any other third party (including another user) to protect the Site, Services, Application or Collective Content;
- forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or newsgroup posting, or in any way use the Site, Services, Application or Collective Content to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information;
- attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software used to provide the Site, Services, Application or Collective Content;
- advocate, encourage, or assist any third party in doing any of the foregoing; or
- accept or make a payment for Accommodation Fees outside Fourstay Payments. If you do so, you acknowledge and agree that you: (i) would be in breach of these Terms; (ii) accept all risks and responsibility for such payment, and (iii) hold Fourstay harmless from any liability for such payment.
Fourstay has the right to investigate and prosecute violations of any of the above to the fullest extent of the law. In addition, and as set in these Terms, Fourstay may take a range of actions against you, including but not limited to removing or disabling access to any or all of your Member Content or deactivating or canceling your Listing(s) or Fourstay Account, for a violation of this Section or these Terms.
- Reporting Misconduct
If you stay with or host anyone who you feel is acting or has acted inappropriately, including but not limited to anyone who (i) engages in offensive, violent or sexually inappropriate behavior, (ii) you suspect of stealing from you, or (iii) engages in any other disturbing conduct, you should immediately report such person to the appropriate authorities and then to Fourstay by contacting us with your police station and report number; provided that your report will not obligate us to take any action beyond that required by law (if any) or cause us to incur any liability to you.
- Additional Terms
Our Site, Application and Services have different products, features and offerings, so sometimes additional terms or product requirements may apply to your use of those products, features or offerings. For example, additional terms apply if you refer new users to Fourstay (“Referral Program“). If additional terms are available for the relevant product or Services you use, those additional terms become part of these Terms.
- Fourstay Content and Member Content License
Subject to your compliance with these Terms, Fourstay grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license, to (i) access and view any Fourstay Content solely for your personal and non-commercial purposes and (ii) access and view any Member Content to which you are permitted access, solely for your personal and non-commercial purposes. You have no right to sublicense the license rights granted in this section.
You will not use, copy, adapt, modify, prepare derivative works based upon, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, broadcast or otherwise exploit the Site, Application, Services, or Collective Content, except as expressly permitted in these Terms. No licenses or rights are granted to you by implication or otherwise under any intellectual property rights owned or controlled by Fourstay or its licensors, except for the licenses and rights expressly granted in these Terms.
- Member Content
We may, in our sole discretion, permit you to post, upload, publish, submit or transmit Member Content. By making available any Member Content on or through the Site, Application, Services, or through Fourstay promotional campaigns, you hereby grant to Fourstay a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual (or for the term of the protection), non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, view, copy, adapt, translate, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content on, through, by means of or to promote or market the Site, Application and Services. Fourstay does not claim any ownership rights in any such Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any such Member Content.
You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application, Services or through Fourstay promotional campaigns. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that: (i) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application, Services or through Fourstay promotional campaigns or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to Fourstay the rights in such Member Content, as contemplated under these Terms; and (ii) neither the Member Content nor your posting, uploading, publication, submission or transmittal of the Member Content or Fourstay’s use of the Member Content (or any portion thereof) on, through or by means of the Site, Application, the Services or Fourstay promotional campaigns will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.
The Site, Application and Services may contain links to third-party websites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that Fourstay is not responsible or liable for: (i) the availability or accuracy of such websites or resources; or (ii) the content, products, or services on or available from such websites or resources. Links to such websites or resources do not imply any endorsement by Fourstay of such websites or resources or the content, products, or services available from such websites or resources. You acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites or resources or the Content, products or services on or available from such websites or resources.
We welcome and encourage you to provide feedback, comments and suggestions for improvements to the Site, Application and Services (“Feedback“). You may submit Feedback by emailing us, through the “Contact” section of the Site and Application, or by other means of communication. You acknowledge and agree that all Feedback you give us will be the sole and exclusive property of Fourstay and you hereby irrevocably assign to Fourstay and agree to irrevocably assign to Fourstay all of your right, title, and interest in and to all Feedback, including without limitation all worldwide patent, copyright, trade secret, moral and other proprietary or intellectual property rights therein, and waive any moral rights you may have in such Feedback. At Fourstay’s request and expense, you will execute documents and take such further acts as Fourstay may reasonably request to assist Fourstay to acquire, perfect, and maintain its intellectual property rights and other legal protections for the Feedback.
- Copyright Policy
Fourstay respects copyright law and expects its users to do the same. It is Fourstay’s policy to terminate in appropriate circumstances the Fourstay Accounts of Members or other account holders who repeatedly infringe or are believed to be repeatedly infringing the rights of copyright holders.
- Term and Termination, Suspension and Other Measures
- Term p | These Terms shall be effective for a 30-day term, at the end of which it will automatically and continuously renew for subsequent 30-day terms until such time when you or Fourstay terminate these Terms as described below.
- Termination for convenience
You may terminate these Terms at any time via the “Cancel Account” feature on the Site or by sending us an email. If you cancel your Fourstay Account as a Host, any confirmed Bookings will be automatically cancelled and your Guests will receive a full refund. If you cancel your Fourstay Account as a Guest, any confirmed Booking will be automatically cancelled and any refund will depend upon the terms of the applicable cancellation policy.
Without limiting our rights specified below, Fourstay may terminate these Terms for convenience at any time by giving you 30 days’ notice via email to your registered email address.
- Termination for breach, suspension and other measures
Fourstay may immediately, without notice terminate these Terms if (i) you have materially breached these Terms or our Policies, including but not limited to any breach of your warranties outlined in these Terms or breach of the “User Conduct” provisions in these Terms, (ii) you have provided inaccurate, fraudulent, outdated or incomplete information during the Fourstay Account registration, or Listing process or thereafter, (iii) you have violated applicable laws, regulations or third party rights, or (iv) Fourstay believes in good faith that such action is reasonably necessary to protect the safety or property of other Members, Fourstay or third parties, for fraud prevention, risk assessment, security or investigation purposes.
In addition Fourstay may deactivate or delay Listings, reviews, or other Member Content, cancel any pending or confirmed Bookings, limit your use of or access to your Fourstay Account and the Site, Application or Services, temporarily or permanently revoke any special status associated with your Fourstay Account, or temporarily or permanently suspend your Fourstay Account if (i) you have breached these Terms or our Policies, including material and non-material breaches and receiving poor ratings from Hosts or Guests, or (ii) Fourstay believes in good faith that such action is reasonably necessary to protect the safety or property of Members, Fourstay or third parties, for fraud prevention, risk assessment, security or investigation purposes.
If we take any of the measures described in this Section 24.C, we may (i) communicate to your Guests or Hosts that a pending or confirmed Booking has been cancelled, (ii) refund your Guests in full for any and all confirmed Bookings, irrespective of preexisting cancellation policies, (iii) support your Guests, on an exceptional basis, in finding potential alternative Accommodations, and (iv) you will not be entitled to any compensation for confirmed Bookings that were cancelled.
In case of non-material breaches and where appropriate, you will be given notice of any measure by Fourstay and an opportunity to resolve the issue to Fourstay’s reasonable satisfaction.
If you or we terminate this Agreement, we do not have an obligation to delete or return to you any of your Member Content, including but not limited to any reviews or Feedback. When this Agreement has been terminated, you are not entitled to a restoration of your Fourstay Account or any of your Member Content. If your access to or use of the Site, Application and Services has been limited or your Fourstay Account has been suspended or this Agreement has been terminated by us, you may not register a new Fourstay Account or attempt to access and use the Site, Application and Services through other Fourstay Accounts.
If you or we terminate this Agreement, the clauses of these Terms that reasonably should survive termination of the Agreement will remain in effect.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT OR PARTICIPATE IN THE REFERRAL PROGRAM, YOU DO SO AT YOUR SOLE RISK. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT FOURSTAY DOES NOT HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CONDUCT BACKGROUND OR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CHECKS ON ANY MEMBER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, GUESTS AND HOSTS. BUT MAY CONDUCT SUCH BACKGROUND OR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CHECKS, IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAWS AND IF WE HAVE SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY A MEMBER. IF WE CHOOSE TO CONDUCT SUCH CHECKS, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, THAT SUCH CHECKS WILL IDENTIFY PRIOR MISCONDUCT BY A USER OR GUARANTEE THAT A USER WILL NOT ENGAGE IN MISCONDUCT IN THE FUTURE.
THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES, COLLECTIVE CONTENT AND REFERRAL PROGRAM ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, FOURSTAY EXPLICITLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUIET ENJOYMENT OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. FOURSTAY MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES, COLLECTIVE CONTENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE LISTINGS OR ANY ACCOMMODATIONS, OR THE REFERRAL PROGRAM WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE BASIS. FOURSTAY MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING THE QUALITY OF ANY LISTINGS, ACCOMMODATIONS, HOSTS, GUESTS, THE SERVICES OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT OR THE ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, TRUTHFULNESS, COMPLETENESS OR RELIABILITY OF ANY COLLECTIVE CONTENT OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES OR REFERRAL PROGRAM.
NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED FROM FOURSTAY OR THROUGH THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT, WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN.
YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF YOUR COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER USERS OF THE SITE, APPLICATION OR SERVICES AND WITH OTHER PERSONS WITH WHOM YOU COMMUNICATE OR INTERACT AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE SITE, APPLICATION OR SERVICES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY HOSTS OR GUESTS. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT FOURSTAY DOES NOT MAKE ANY ATTEMPT TO VERIFY THE STATEMENTS OF USERS OF THE SITE, APPLICATION OR SERVICES OR TO REVIEW OR VISIT ANY ACCOMMODATIONS. FOURSTAY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE CONDUCT OF USERS OF THE SITE, APPLICATION OR SERVICES OR THEIR COMPATIBILITY WITH ANY CURRENT OR FUTURE USERS OF THE SITE, APPLICATION OR SERVICES. YOU AGREE TO TAKE REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS IN ALL COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER USERS OF THE SITE, APPLICATION OR SERVICES AND WITH OTHER PERSONS WITH WHOM YOU COMMUNICATE OR INTERACT AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE SITE, APPLICATION OR SERVICES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, GUESTS AND HOSTS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU DECIDE TO MEET OFFLINE OR IN PERSON REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH MEETINGS ARE ORGANIZED BY FOURSTAY. FOURSTAY EXPLICITLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY GUEST OR OTHER THIRD PARTY.
- Limitation of Liability
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES AND COLLECTIVE CONTENT, YOUR LISTING OR BOOKING OF ANY ACCOMMODATIONS VIA THE SITE, APPLICATION AND SERVICES, YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE REFERRAL PROGRAM, AND ANY CONTACT YOU HAVE WITH OTHER USERS OF FOURSTAY WHETHER IN PERSON OR ONLINE REMAINS WITH YOU. NEITHER FOURSTAY NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES, COLLECTIVE CONTENT OR THE REFERRAL PROGRAM WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA OR LOSS OF GOODWILL, SERVICE INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER DAMAGE OR SYSTEM FAILURE OR THE COST OF SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL OR BODILY INJURY OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS, FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT, FROM ANY COMMUNICATIONS, INTERACTIONS OR MEETINGS WITH OTHER USERS OF THE SITE, APPLICATION, OR SERVICES OR OTHER PERSONS WITH WHOM YOU COMMUNICATE OR INTERACT AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES, OR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE REFERRAL PROGRAM OR FROM YOUR LISTING OR BOOKING OF ANY ACCOMMODATION VIA THE SITE, APPLICATION AND SERVICES, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT FOURSTAY HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, EVEN IF A LIMITED REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
You agree to release, defend, indemnify, and hold Fourstay and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and their officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising out of or in any way connected with (a) your access to or use of the Site, Application, Services, or Collective Content or your violation of these Terms; (b) your Member Content; (c) your (i) interaction with any Member, (ii) Booking of an Accommodation, or (iii) creation of a Listing; (d) the use, condition or Booking of an Accommodation by you, including but not limited to any injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of a Booking or use of an Accommodation.
- Entire Agreement
Except as they may be supplemented by a document referenced and incorporated herein or by additional Fourstay policies, guidelines, standards, or terms for a specific product, feature, service or offering, these Terms constitute the entire and exclusive understanding and agreement between Fourstay and you regarding the Site, Application, Services, Collective Content (excluding Payment Services), and any Bookings or Listings of Accommodations made via the Site, Application and Services (excluding Payment Services), and these Terms supersede and replace any and all prior oral or written understandings or agreements between Fourstay and you regarding Bookings or listings of Accommodations, the Site, Application, Services, and Collective Content (excluding Payment Services).
You may not assign or transfer these Terms, by operation of law or otherwise, without Fourstay’s prior written consent. Any attempt by you to assign or transfer these Terms, without such consent, will be null and of no effect. Fourstay may assign or transfer these Terms, at its sole discretion, without restriction. Subject to the foregoing, these Terms will bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.
Any notices or other communications permitted or required hereunder, including those regarding modifications to these Terms, will be in writing and given by Fourstay (i) via a Communication (in each case to the address or phone number that you provide) or (ii) by posting to the Site or via the Application. For notices made via a Communication, the date of receipt will be deemed the date on which such notice is transmitted.
- Controlling Law and Jurisdiction
These Terms and your use of the Services will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America, without regard to its conflict-of-law provisions. You and we agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of a state court located in Fairfax County, Virginia or a United States District Court located in Alexandria, Virginia for any actions for which the parties retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property rights, as set forth in the Dispute Resolution provision below.
- Dispute Resolution
If you reside in the United States, you and Fourstay agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, or to the use of the Services or use of the Site, Application or Collective Content (collectively, “Disputes“) will be settled by binding arbitration, except that each party retains the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property rights. You acknowledge and agree that you and Fourstay are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action lawsuit, class-wide arbitration, private attorney-general action, or any other representative proceeding. Further, unless both you and Fourstay otherwise agree in writing, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of any class or representative proceeding. If this specific paragraph is held unenforceable, then the entirety of this “Dispute Resolution” section will be deemed void. Except as provided in the preceding sentence, this “Dispute Resolution” section will survive any termination of these Terms.
Arbitration Rules and Governing Law. This agreement to arbitrate evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. The arbitration will be administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA“) in accordance with the Consumer Arbitration Rules (the “AAA Rules“) then in effect, except as modified by this “Dispute Resolution” section. (The AAA Rules are available at www.adr.org/arb_medor by calling the AAA at 1–800–778–7879.) The Federal Arbitration Act will govern the interpretation and enforcement of this section.
Arbitration Process. A party who desires to initiate arbitration must provide the other party with a written Demand for Arbitration as specified in the AAA Rules. (The AAA provides a form Demand for Arbitration.) The arbitrator will be either a retired judge or an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Virginia and will be selected by the parties from the AAA’s roster of consumer dispute arbitrators. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator within seven (7) days of delivery of the Demand for Arbitration, then the AAA will appoint the arbitrator in accordance with the AAA Rules.
Arbitration Location and Procedure. Unless you and Fourstay otherwise agree, the arbitration will be conducted in the county where you reside. If your claim does not exceed $10,000, then the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents you and Fourstay submit to the arbitrator, unless you request a hearing or the arbitrator determines that a hearing is necessary. If your claim exceeds $10,000, your right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Subject to the AAA Rules, the arbitrator will have the discretion to direct a reasonable exchange of information by the parties, consistent with the expedited nature of the arbitration.
Arbitrator’s Decision. The arbitrator will render an award within the time frame specified in the AAA Rules. The arbitrator’s decision will include the essential findings and conclusions upon which the arbitrator based the award. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator’s award damages must be consistent with the terms of the “Limitation of Liability” section above as to the types and the amounts of damages for which a party may be held liable. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the claimant and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by the claimant’s individual claim. If you prevail in arbitration you will be entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses, to the extent provided under applicable law. Fourstay will not seek, and hereby waives all rights it may have under applicable law to recover, attorneys’ fees and expenses if it prevails in arbitration.
Fees. Your responsibility to pay any AAA filing, administrative and arbitrator fees will be solely as set forth in the AAA Rules. However, if your claim for damages does not exceed $75,000, Fourstay will pay all such fees unless the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in your Demand for Arbitration was frivolous or was brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)).
Changes. Notwithstanding the provisions of the “Modification” section above, if Fourstay changes this “Dispute Resolution” section after the date you last accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms), you may reject any such change by sending us written notice (including by email) within 30 days of the date such change became effective, as indicated in the “Last Updated” date above or in the date of Fourstay’s email to you notifying you of such change. By rejecting any change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any Dispute between you and Fourstay in accordance with the provisions of this “Dispute Resolution” section as of the date you last accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms).
The failure of Fourstay to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of future enforcement of that right or provision. The waiver of any such right or provision will be effective only if in writing and signed by a duly authorized representative of Fourstay. Except as expressly set forth in these Terms, the exercise by either party of any of its remedies under these Terms will be without prejudice to its other remedies under these Terms or otherwise. If for any reason an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these Terms invalid or unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and the other provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect.
- Third party beneficiary
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