TERMS OF SERVICE
These Terms of Service (these “Terms” or this “Agreement”) are entered into by and between Virginia Street Studios (“Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) and the persons or entities who access our property’s RENTCafé website or mobile applications (collectively, the “Site”), including without limitation renters and potential renters (collectively, with all persons or entities who access the Site, “Users,” “you,” or “your”). To access the Terms of Service of RENTCafé, please visit: https://resources.yardi.com/legal/rentcafe-terms-of-service/.
The Site is owned and operated by us to offer certain services to renters and potential renters (the “Services”). The Site uses the RENTCafé technology platform, which is owned and operated by Yardi Systems, Inc. (collectively, with its subsidiaries and affiliates, “Yardi”).
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. THESE TERMS CONSTITUTE A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND US. THIS AGREEMENT ALONG WITH ANY OTHER TERMS THAT MAY BE POSTED ON THE SITE WITH RESPECT TO RENTCAFÉ PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, AND ANY OTHER WRITTEN AGREEMENTS OR CONTRACTS BETWEEN YOU AND US THAT INCORPORATE THESE TERMS BY REFERENCE, SET FORTH THE COMPLETE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH YOU MAY ACCESS AND USE THE SITE AND THE SERVICES. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, YOU MAY NOT USE THE SITE OR THE SERVICES.
2.1 The Site serves as a platform for property managers and owners to provide the Services to renters and potential renters. Yardi does not own or manage the properties listed on the Site and does not enter into rental contracts for those properties. Although the Site may lead to certain business transactions expressly agreed to between Yardi and Users, Yardi is not a party to any transactions between Users and property managers other than providing the Site. AS A RESULT, YARDI SHALL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOR INFORMATION, THE CONTENTS OF ANY DOCUMENTS, OR FOR ANY OTHER INTERACTIONS BY, BETWEEN OR AMONG USERS, PROPERTY MANAGERS OR OWNERS THROUGH THE SITE.
2.2 You are responsible for how you use the Site, and Company encourages anyone who accesses the Site, including Users, to exercise sound judgment when entering into property rental transactions. IN THE EVENT THAT YOU HAVE A DISPUTE WITH A PROPERTY MANAGER OR OWNER, YOU RELEASE YARDI FROM ANY CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND DAMAGES (ACTUAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL) OF EVERY KIND AND NATURE, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED AND UNSUSPECTED, DISCLOSED AND UNDISCLOSED, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH SUCH DISPUTES.
3.1 We provide you with certain information and functionality through the Site. You are solely responsible for providing all equipment necessary to establish a connection to the Internet, access to the Internet, and any telephone, wireless or other connection and service fees associated with such access.
3.2 We have the right, but not the obligation, to take any of the following actions without providing any prior notice to you: (a) change or terminate all or any part of the Site or the Services; (b) restrict or terminate your access to all or any part of the Site or the Services; or (c) refuse, move, or remove any content that is available on the Site and any material that you submit to the Site.
3.3 Subject to your compliance with these Terms, we hereby grant you permission to access and use the Site and the Services, provided that you shall not (and shall not allow any third party to): (a) engage in commercial use of the Site or any content on the Site; (b) reproduce, copy, display, store, perform, re-post, publish, transmit, distribute, sell, offer for sale, license, modify, create derivative works, or otherwise use any portion of the content offered on the Site for other than your own personal, non-commercial use; (c) remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices contained in or on the Site or Service or in or on any content or other material obtained via the Site or the Services; (d) use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other automated device, process or means to access, retrieve, scrape or index any portion of the Site or the Services, including, but not limited to, for purposes of constructing or populating a searchable database of business or property reviews; (e) collect or harvest any information about other users or members (including usernames and/or email addresses) for any purpose; (f) reformat or frame any portion of the webpages that are part of the Site or the Services; (g) create user accounts by automated means or under false, misleading or fraudulent pretenses; (h) create or transmit unwanted electronic communications such as “spam,” “junk mail,” “chain letter,” or other similar solicitation to other users or members of the Site or the Services or otherwise interfere with other users’ or members’ enjoyment of the Site or the Services; (i) transmit any viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses or other items of a destructive nature; (j) use the Site or the Services to violate the security of any computer network, crack passwords or security encryption codes, transfer or store illegal material, including any material that may be deemed threatening or obscene; (k) copy or modify the HTML code used to generate webpages on the Site; (l) use any device, software or procedure that interferes with the proper working of the Site or the Services, or otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or the Services; (m) take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our IT infrastructure; (n) attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage, or disrupt any part of the Site, the server on which the Site is stored, or any server, computer, or database connected to the Site; (o) modify, adapt, translate, or reverse engineer any portion of the Site or the Services; or (p) use the Site or the Services, intentionally or unintentionally, to violate any applicable international, national, federal, state, provincial, or local law or regulation, including, but not limited to, Fair Housing laws and regulations.
6.1 Your Account. You agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current, and complete information as prompted by the registration form; and (b) maintain and update such information to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete at all times. We reserve the right to delete Your Account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Site (or any portion thereof) without notice if you are found to have misrepresented your age, identity, or any other information submitted in connection with Your Account or if we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, incomplete or not current. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, your email address and Your Account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password and Your Account. You agree to: (i) immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account, or any other breach of security, (ii) immediately change your password if you become aware that Your Account has been compromised, and (iii) ensure that you fully exit from Your Account at the end of each session. You agree and acknowledge that you will not allow others to utilize Your Account and that you will not disclose your RENTCafé password to anyone. You will be solely responsible for safeguarding your password and also for any actions under your password and Account, whether authorized by you or not. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control of your personal information and could potentially be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. You further agree not to use anyone else’s password on the Site or attempt to gain access to the RENTCafé account of any other user. COMPANY CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING FROM YOUR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS SECTION.
6.3 Communications. Although we provide a platform through the Site and the Services through which third-parties may communicate, Company is not involved in those third-party communications and is not responsible or liable under any circumstances for the content of any third-party communications, or for any absence of communications by a third-party. The contents of such third-party communications are determined solely by the third-party responsible for the communications, and not Company. We are only responsible for the content of information issued directly by us. You acknowledge and agree that you will address any issues or concerns about third-party communications with the responsible third-party by contacting said third-party directly and not Company. Company shall not become involved in any matters pertaining to third-party communications except where the issue is solely attributable to a malfunction or error occurring on the Site or in connection with the Services.
6.5 Payments. Except as expressly provided below, any payments you submit through the Site including rental deposits, rental payments, or any other services or transactions, are for services provided by a property manager, owner or a party other than Yardi. The total payment amounts required for those transactions are determined solely by you and any other party with whom you are entering into an agreement, and not by Yardi. You acknowledge that you will address any discrepancies, issues or concerns with such payments by contacting the other party directly, rather than Yardi. Yardi shall not be involved in such issues except where the issue is solely attributable to a malfunction or error occurring on the Site or in connection with the Services. However, Users may take advantage of certain Services that have a charge associated with them such as screening services, lease execution fees, and the like, that is imposed by Yardi or other third-parties, which may or may not be a subsidiary or affiliate of Yardi. Yardi or such other company may collect these fees directly from Users as provided by the Site or the Services. You acknowledge these fees are subject to change.
Services-specific terms may set out further terms applying to such payments (including in relation to refunds (if any), billing arrangements and any consequences of failing to make timely payments). Application fees are non-refundable, even if an application is denied, except to the extent otherwise required by applicable law. You must comply with all such terms in relation to such payments by you.
6.6 Electronic Signatures. If you choose to use the electronic signature execution functionality of RENTCafé, you understand, acknowledge and agree that you have carefully reviewed the disclosure relating to use of your electronic signature to execute documents and will not execute such documents with your electronic signature without providing your consent to use your electronic signature. You agree that you will rely on your own legal counsel to determine the sufficiency of the electronic signature execution of the documents and their enforceability and that neither Yardi nor Company makes any warranty or other representation with respect to the sufficiency of the electronic signature execution of the documents under applicable international, national, federal, state, provincial or local laws or regulations.
7. YARDI AND COMPANY’S RIGHTS. You acknowledge that Yardi and Company have the right to investigate and prosecute violations of these Terms, including intellectual property, publicity and privacy rights infringement and Site security issues, to the fullest extent of the law. Yardi and/or Company may involve and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who violate these Terms. You acknowledge that Yardi and Company have no obligation to monitor your access to or use of the Site or the Services, but have the right to do so for the purpose of operating the Site, to ensure your compliance with these Terms or to comply with applicable law or the order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental body.
9.1 Third Party Websites and Services. The Site may contain links or voice accessibility to third-party websites or resources. Access to such third-party websites, services or resources are included solely for the convenience of Users, and do not constitute any endorsement or approval by Company of the third-parties, anyone sponsoring these sites or their products or services, or the products or services themselves. Company makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided on any third-party website or service which may be accessed from the Site, including any representations or warranties as to accuracy or completeness. Because Company has no control over third-party websites, resources, products or services, you acknowledge and agree that Company is not responsible or liable for, and does not endorse, the availability, accuracy, completeness or authenticity of information available through such websites, resources, products or services, your use or your exchange of any information with such websites or services, or the content, statements, representations, advertising, products, properties, services or other materials available on such third-party sites. You acknowledge and agree that Company shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused in connection with your use or reliance on any such content, information, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource. If you decide to access any such third-party websites, products, resources or services, or to transact with any such third-party for their products, properties or services, you do so entirely at your own risk. By leaving the Site, you may be subject to the terms and conditions and the privacy policies or other terms and conditions of such third-party websites. You acknowledge and understand that Company does not (a) provide legal, brokerage or other professional advice or services to any property managers, owners or others who list properties or otherwise use the Site or the Services, (b) participate in any negotiations with respect to leases or other transactions involving third-parties, or (c) guarantee, endorse or ensure a rental property or any lease or other transaction between a User and property manager, owner or any other person or entity.
9.2 Google® Maps. The Site utilizes Google Maps and related content licensed to Yardi by Google and its licensors. By using the Google Maps features available on the Site, you are agreeing to be bound by the applicable Google Terms of Service.
12.1 YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SITE AND THE SERVICES AND ALL OTHER MATERIALS, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED THEREIN, ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE AND INFORMATION AND MATERIAL IN THE SITE, COMPANY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE.
12.2 COMPANY MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY: (A) REGARDING THE SECURITY, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE OR THE SERVICES; (B) REGARDING THE SERVICES, ADVICE, INFORMATION OR LINKS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE; (C) THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVICES, OR ANY INFORMATION AND MATERIALS THEREIN, WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS; (D) THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVICES, OR ANY FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE SITE, WILL BE ERROR-FREE, SECURE, TIMELY, OR UNINTERRUPTED; (E) THAT THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SITE OR INFORMATION AND MATERIALS THEREIN WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, OR AVAILABLE, (F) THAT ANY ERRORS IN THE SITE OR INFORMATION OR MATERIALS THEREIN WILL BE CORRECTED; OR (G) THAT THE SITE AND ITS CONTENTS AND SERVER THAT MAKES THE SITE AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF ANY VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
12.3 ANY MATERIAL, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
12.4 NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM COMPANY OR FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICES, SHALL CREATE ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS.
12.5 SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
13.1 COMPANY AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, SUCCESSORS, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELEVANT THIRD PARTIES INCLUDING ADVERTISERS, DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS, REFERRAL PARTNERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, LICENSEES, CONSULTANTS AND CONTRACTORS (i.e., THE INDEMNIFIED PARTIES) WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR:
13.2 You acknowledge that the limitations set forth above are an essential basis of the bargain and of the allocation of risks between the parties. Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations may not apply to you. If you are dissatisfied with any portion of the Site, or with any of these Terms, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue use of the Site and Services.
14. ENFORCEMENT. Company does not assume responsibility to you or others for any failure by Company to enforce the provisions contained in these Terms.
15. TERMINATION. You agree that we, in our sole discretion and with or without notice, may terminate your use of the Site or any part thereof, or any or all of the Services, for any reason, including without limitation, for lack of use by you or if we believe that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of these Terms. We may also in our sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Site, or any part thereof, or any or all of the Services with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Site under any provision of these Terms may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that Company may immediately bar any further access to the Site. Further, you agree that Company shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Site or the Services.
16. AUTHORITY. You hereby represent and warrant to Company that: (a) you have all the requisite power and authority, corporate or otherwise, to enter into the binding contract created by these Terms, conduct yourself and your business and to execute, deliver, and perform all of your obligations under this Agreement; (b) you have the right to submit and use your Information and Materials in the manner you have done so to or through the Site and/or through Your Account; (c) you have the right to grant the licenses granted under these Terms; (d) your performance under these Terms and/or the rights granted herein do not and will not conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions, or constitute a default under any contract or agreement, to which you are currently bound or will become bound in the future; and (e) your performance under these Terms will comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations (including, without limitation, export control, privacy and obscenity laws), domestic or foreign.
18.1 Use of Interactive Areas. On the Site and/or as part of the Services, we may provide areas that allow for User interaction, including bulletin boards, chat areas, forums, blogs, instant messaging, frequently asked questions, or other message and communications features (the “Interactive Areas”) for posting user feedback, comments, messages or other input (“Comments”). You acknowledge that all Interactive Areas are public and not private and that any information or content, including Information and Material, that you post to an Interactive Area may be read by others and that Company has no obligation to protect such information. Company recommends that you do not post or otherwise disseminate any personally identifiable information in the Interactive Area. Additionally, you agree to post only Comments that are proper, lawful, and related to the particular discussion or the Interactive Area itself. Without limitation, you may not post Comments or engage in any other activity on the Site that:
18.2 Submissions to Interactive Areas. You understand and acknowledge that, subject and pursuant to the licenses set forth hereunder, we may display your Comments on the Site and use them for other marketing and business activities. In addition, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to reject use of Comments, delete Comments from the Site for any reason, and edit Comments for both content and format. We further reserve the right to terminate your access to the Site or to any Interactive Area at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever. Company does not endorse or control the Comments or information found in any Interactive Area and, therefore, Company specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Interactive Areas and any actions resulting from your participation in them.
19.1 Governing Law. For all legal proceedings arising out of use of the Site and/or relating to these Terms and the relationship between you and Company shall, irrespective of any choice of laws rules, be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. You and Company hereby irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any federal or state court located in the City and County of Sacramento, California, or the court of competent jurisdiction closest thereto if no court of competent jurisdiction resides therein, and the parties consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts and expressly waive any right they may otherwise have to cause any such action or proceeding to be brought or tried elsewhere. You and Company irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any objection that you may now or hereafter have to the laying of the venue of any proceeding brought in any such court or any claim that a legal proceeding commenced in such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum.
19.2 Assignment. You may not assign or transfer this Agreement, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of Company, which may be granted or withheld by Company in its sole discretion. Any attempted assignment in violation of this Section will be null and void and of no force or effect. Company may assign this Agreement freely at any time without notice. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement will bind and inure to the benefit of each party’s permitted successors and assigns.
19.3 Waiver. The failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision shall not affect Company’s right to exercise or enforce such right or provision at any time thereafter, nor shall a waiver of any breach or default of these Terms constitute a waiver of any subsequent breach or default or a waiver of the provision itself.
19.4 Severability. If any portion of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in such provision, and, notwithstanding such finding, the remaining provisions of these Terms shall remain in full force and effect.
19.5 Entire Agreement. These Terms, the terms incorporated herein, and any other terms agreed to in writing by the parties or by way of your use of the Site or the Services shall constitute the entire and exclusive understanding and agreement between you and Company regarding this subject matter, and shall supersede any and all prior or contemporaneous representations or understandings relating to this subject matter.
19.6 Time Limitation. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to these Terms or use of the Site must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
Last updated August 3, 2020