TERMS AND CONDITIONS

OF

STUDENT MESSAGE BOARD

 

Terms of Use

This site is owned and operated by Accommodation for Students Limited (“AFS”) a company registered in England and Wales under company registration number 04111099, whose registered office address is at The Old Church, Albert Hill Street, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RS. By using this part of the site, you accept these Terms of Use. If you do not accept these Terms of Use, please do not use the site.

You must accept these Terms of Use to continue with your registration process.

AFS may change the Terms of Use at any time by posting changes online. Please review these Terms of Use regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes made. Your continued use of AFS after changes are posted means you agree to be legally bound by these terms as updated and/or amended.

Your Use of this part of the Site

You can browse our site without being a registered member. Placing an advert for your property or replying to an advert does require registration.

Provision of information

You must promptly provide AFS (free of charge) with all information and co-operation which AFS may reasonably require from time to time to enable AFS to proceed uninterrupted with the operation of the website

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY OUR PRIVACY POLICY ON THIS SITE.

Warranty Disclaimer and Limitation on Liability

AFS has no practical means to verify the currency, accuracy or completeness of the contents of this website systematically, and inevitably it will contain errors and omissions, and some of it will be out of date. Therefore AFS does not endorse or represent the accuracy, truthfulness or reliability of any information provided on or by means of the site. The content is only for general information and use and is not intended to address your particular requirements or considered to be a recommendation of any kind by AFS. You should not rely on the content in making any specific decisions especially important personal, financial or business decisions. You agree to consult professionals for advice that is specifically tailored to your particular circumstances. AFS assumes no responsibility (whether as author, editor, publisher or otherwise) for the content and disclaims all liability in respect of your use of it. AFS shall not be liable for any typographical or other errors or omissions in the Contents.

All links that connect this site with other sites are provided solely for your convenience and information and AFS does not endorse or recommend any such sites. AFS hereby excludes to the fullest extent permitted by law any and all warranties, representations, conditions and other terms whether express or implied statutory or otherwise concerning your use of this site.

Terms of use for placing a free Advertisement

We remind you that all use of this site is subject to these Terms of Use. As a condition of you using our website, you promise that:-

- Your ad is accurate, (if applicable) states opinions that are genuinely held, relevant, legal, decent, honest and truthful and neither the content nor its publication by us breaches anyone’s right to privacy or confidentiality, and does not infringe anyone’s copyright or other intellectual property rights.

You agree that:

- We are allowed to use, edit, alter, copy, display or publish (in any online or printed media) and/or remove, or disable access to, ads (and the material contained in your ad), at our discretion and in this regard you grant AFS a licence to do so which is free of charge, perpetual and capable of sub-licence. We will usually inform you of any changes or removal, so please check that your contact details are correct each time you place an ad.

If you can not agree to the above, or grant the licence referred to above, please do not submit your ad for posting on the site.

Further Terms of Use for either placing or for response to any Advertisement

By using this website you agree that you will not post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, or otherwise a violation of any law. You agree not to post any copyright material unless the copyright is owned by you.

Considering the real-time nature of the website, it is impossible for AFS to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the contents of posted messages and are not responsible for any messages posted. AFS does not vouch for or give any warranty in relation to the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.

The messages posted on the website express the views of the author of the message, not the views of AFS or anyone associated with AFS.

AFS has the ability to remove, or disable access to, objectionable messages and we reserve the right to delete, or disable access to, any contribution, or take action against any account, at any time, for any reason. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless AFS and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

AFS may disclose any information, including your identity (or whatever information we know about you) that it deems necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, code, legal process or governmental request providing always AFS is permitted to do so under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you have placed an ad we will hold your personal information on our systems in accordance with our Privacy Policy posted within this site.

Posting Guidelines

Please ensure that you abide not only by the Terms of Use outlined above, but also respect these postings guidelines:

1. Contributions must be civil and tasteful. Please do not use offensive language. Be constructive and relevant in your response to postings. We will consider removing any posts that other users may find offensive or that we receive complaints about.

2. We will not allow racism, sexism, homophobia or other objectionable material in postings.

3. If you wish to advertise on the Message Board please follow the on-line procedure for doing so. At present no charge is made.

4. We reserve the right to remove, or disable access to, any posts that may put us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libellous or defamatory postings.

5. While we realise politics is an important part of local life we will not allow postings which actively encourage, canvass opinion for, or promote allegiance to any political party.

Safety Guidelines

Please remember the web is a forum for anyone and everyone and you do not know who is viewing the site. We strongly advise that you never reveal any personal information about yourself or anyone else such as, home address in postings. We reserve the right to remove such postings from the service. If you wish users to contact you directly, please post your e-mail address.

The use of the site by any minor is subject to the consent of their parent/guardian. AFS will do its best to assess any possible risks to minors from third parties when they use the Site, and AFS will decide in each case, at its sole discretion, whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the services available on the Site (including what form of moderation to use) in light of those risks.

Violation of Terms of Use

AFS reserves the right to delete, or disable access to, any contribution, or take action against any account, at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, in respect of a breach of these Terms of Use. Persistent abuse of the Terms of Use or breach of the Postings Guidelines may result in action being taken against the User’s account.

A breach of these Terms of Use may result in AFS taking all or any of the following actions:

- immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any right to use the site;
- immediate, temporary or permanent removal of, or disabled access to, any ads already posted by you to the Site;
- issue of a warning or warnings to you;
- legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach;
- further legal action against you; and/or
- disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as AFS reasonably feels is necessary or as required by law.

AFS excludes all liability for all action it may take in response to any breach of these Terms of Use. The actions described above are not limited, and AFS may take any other action it reasonably deems appropriate.

Assignment/subcontracting

You shall not assign or delegate any rights or obligations you may have under this agreement.

AFS shall have the right to assign or transfer any rights and obligations it may have under this agreement to any person.

AFS may subcontract any obligations it may have under this agreement.

Force majeure

We shall not be liable to you under these terms and conditions, for any loss or damage which may be suffered by you due to any cause beyond our reasonable control including without limitation any act of God, exceptionally severe weather, failure or shortage of power supplies, flood, drought, lightning or fire, strike, lock-out, trade dispute or labour disturbance, the act or omission of government, highways authorities, other telecommunications operators or administrations or other competent authority, war, military operations, acts of terrorism or riot.

Applicable Laws

These terms, the site, the contents of the site and all use of it shall be governed by English law, and you and AFS submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts (save that AFS may take action in relation to enforcement of its intellectual property rights in any court worldwide). Those who choose to access the Site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent that local laws are applicable. You may not use the AFS site to do anything that is not lawful in the place where you access the site.

PRIVACY POLICY

We believe strongly in protecting our customers’ privacy so when we collect personal information from you when you use our website to place an advertisement we will use our best endeavours only to use it or disclose it in the manner stated below. By using our website services, you agree that we may do so.

The following states our information gathering and dissemination practices. Our privacy policy is subject to change at any time. To make sure you are aware of any changes, please review this policy periodically.

1. Collection of Personal Information

We collect personal information from you when you register with Accommodationforstudents.com to place an advertisement.

We use your contact information to post on the site so that you may receive responses, for passing on to commercial site advertisers only if you instruct the site to do so when responding to their advertisements, and for selecting you as a recipient of e-mailed marketing from third parties as we may feel appropriate (but in this case we e-mail you ourselves and do not pass on your information to the third party advertisers). We may also send such material to you by SMS or post.

You may always op-out of receiving such e-mailed information from us - see the Choice/Opt-Out section below.

Our site’s registration process requires you to give us contact information (name and email address) and information as to your university, course etc. We also request further information but you do not have to complete that information in order to place or reply to an advertisement. We ask you to do so, so that we can use that information to categorise appropriate recipients of e-mailed marketing. We may use this information to establish and/or verify your identity, notify you about communications from Accommodationforstudents.com and enable browsers to view your advertisement.

2. Demographic and Profile Data

We do not analyse demographic and profile data about our users’ activity on our website except to address our e-mails referred to above to appropriate recipients.

We may occasionally ask you to complete optional online surveys. These surveys may ask you for contact information.

3. Cookies


When you visit the site we may store some information (commonly known as a “cookie”) on your computer. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your hard drive to store and sometimes track information about you. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers, which means that they cannot be used to track your movements around the web. Passwords and credit card numbers are not stored in cookies. A cookie helps you get the best out of the site and helps us to provide you with a more customised service. We use cookies for the following purposes:

(a) we use cookies so that you do not have to re-enter your details each time you visit the site;

(b) we use cookies to track how our site is used and to improve and update our content.

You can block or erase cookies from your computer if you want to (your browser’s help screen or manual should tell you how to do this) but certain parts of the site are reliant on the use of cookies to operate correctly and may not work correctly if you set your browser not to accept cookies.

4. Sharing of Personal Information

We do not share personal information with anyone else except by displaying your ad on the site and, at your on-line request, to on-line advertisers.

We may disclose personal information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to subpoenas, court orders or other legal process. We may disclose personal information to law enforcement officers, third party rights owners, or others in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our Terms or Privacy Policy; respond to claims that an advertisement, posting or other content violates the rights of a third party; or protect the rights, property or personal safety of our users or the general public (e.g. if you provide false or deceptive information about yourself or attempt to pose as someone else, we will disclose such information about you as we have to assist any type of investigation into your actions).

5. Links to Other Sites

Our site links to other websites that may collect personally identifiable information about you. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of those linked websites.

6. Security Precautions

Our site has stringent security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Whenever you change or access your account information we offer the use of a secure server. Once your information is in our possession we adhere to strict security guidelines, protecting it against unauthorised access.

7. Choice/Opt Out

We provide all users with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving non-essential (promotional, marketing-related) communications from us whether on our behalf or on behalf of third parties after setting up an account.

To opt-out please click here

8. Unsubscribe

If you wish to remove your personal information from our records please follow the on-line unsubscribe procedure. Until you do so we will keep your information in our records for the above purposes.

Alternatively you may write to us at AFS, The Old Church, Albert Hill Street, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RS with a written request for your subscription to be cancelled.

Acceptance of Terms of Use and Privacy Policy


I accept the above Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (click box to accept)

Consent to use of your personal information by AFS

I consent to you using my personal information for


(a) passing on to commercial advertisers on this site when I respond to their advertisements on this site

(b) selecting me as a recipient of marketing from third parties by e-mail, sms or post provided those e-mails, sms or postal items come from you and not direct from third parties (Click to accept)

Note: you may revoke your consent at any time in the future by clicking the opt-out box in the Privacy Policy after log in.