Villatel Terms of Service
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Villatel by Vacation Capital Group, LLC (“Villatel,” “we,” or “us”) and our website at www.villatel.com, along with other services provided by us (collectively, the “Service”). These Terms of Service (together with the Booking and Property Policy, and any additional terms, policies, rules, guidelines, or instructions applicable to the Service or Properties that we may post, link to, or provide to you in writing (“Additional Terms”), the “Agreement”) govern your use of the Service and Properties (defined in Section 1). This Agreement is a legally binding contract between you and us regarding your use of the Service and Properties. Failure to use the Service or Properties in accordance with this Agreement may subject you to civil and criminal penalties.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY.
BY CLICKING OR BY DOWNLOADING, INSTALLING, OR OTHERWISE ACCESSING OR USING THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES, YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD, AND, AS A CONDITION TO YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY, THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE, OR DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT, THEN YOU DO NOT HAVE OUR PERMISSION TO USE THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES, AND OUR PROVISION OF THE SERVICE TO YOU AND EXPRESS LICENSE FOR YOU TO USE THE PROPERTIES (IF APPLICABLE), CONSTITUTE AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN US AND YOU TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT.
THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER IN WHOLE OR PART, IS NOT A LEASE OR RESIDENTIAL TENANCY AGREEMENT, AND DOES NOT CONVEY OR OTHERWISE TRANSFER OR PROVIDE ANY PROPERTY, LEGAL, OR BENEFICIAL RIGHTS OR INTEREST IN REAL ESTATE TO YOU. YOU ARE NOT A TENANT OF, AND HAVE NOT BEEN GRANTED EXCLUSIVE POSSESSION OF, ANY OF THE PROPERTIES.
ARBITRATION NOTICE. Except for certain kinds of disputes described in Section 16, you agree that disputes arising under this Agreement will be resolved by binding, individual arbitration, and BY ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT, YOU AND VILLATEL ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLASS ACTION OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. YOU AGREE TO GIVE UP YOUR RIGHT TO GO TO COURT to assert or defend your rights under this contract (except for matters that may be taken to small claims court). Your rights will be determined by a NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR and NOT a judge or jury. (See Section 16 for more details.)
1. Service Overview. Villatel provides an online platform to make reservations for certain Properties for short-term or longer-term rentals at properties managed, owned, licensed, leased, rented, or developed by us or any of our affiliates (each a “Property” and collectively the “Properties”).
2. Eligibility. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Villatel, you must be at least 25 years old to use the Service. Villatel may, at its discretion, may require an additional security deposit for reservations by guests under the age of 25. By agreeing to this Agreement, you represent and warrant to us that: (a) you are (i) at least 25 years old, are an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent to agree to this Agreement; and (ii) fully able and competent to enter into this Agreement; (b) you have not previously been suspended or removed from the Service or any of our Properties; and (c) your registration and your use of the Service and our Properties is and will be in compliance with any and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. If you are an organization, the individual accepting this Agreement on your behalf represents and warrants that he or she has the authority to bind you to this Agreement and you agree to be bound by this Agreement.
3. Accounts and Registration. To access most features of the Service, you must register for an account. When you register for an account, you may be required to provide us with some information about yourself, such as your name, email address, home address, and other contact information. You agree that the information you provide to us is accurate and that you will keep it accurate and up-to-date at all times. When you register, you will be asked to create a password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password, and you accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account. If you believe that your account is no longer secure, then you must immediately notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Fees and Payment. Certain features of the Service may require you to pay fees. Before you pay any fees, you will have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged. All fees are in U.S. Dollars and are non-refundable, unless expressly provided otherwise in writing by us.
4.1 Fees. We reserve the right to determine pricing for the Service and any products or services we offer for sale or Properties that you may reserve through the Service. We will make reasonable efforts to keep pricing information published on our website up to date. We encourage you to check our <Booking and Property Policy> page periodically for current booking information. We may change any of this pricing information (including by adding applicable fees or charges) at any time prior to your completing a reservation and will give you notice of the applicable pricing information prior to completion of such reservation. We, in our sole discretion, may make promotional offers with different features and different pricing to any of our customers. These promotional offers, unless made to you, will not apply to you or this Agreement.
4.2 Authorization. You authorize us to charge all applicable sums (including any applicable security deposits and cleaning fees) for the reservations or purchases that you make through the Service and, in accordance with Section 1.1, for the Damaged Property Fee (defined in Section 1.1), including all applicable taxes (e.g., goods and services tax, sales tax, value added tax, city taxes, hotel and occupancy tax, etc.), to the payment method specified in your account or that you otherwise indicate when you submit such reservation or purchase order to us (the “Applicable Payment Method”). Additionally, if the Applicable Payment Method is a credit card, then: (a) we may seek pre-authorization of your credit card account prior to your reservation or purchase to verify that the credit card is valid and has the necessary funds or credit available to cover your reservation or purchase, or any potential Damaged Property Fee that may apply; and (b) you authorize us to place a hold on such credit card for sums sufficient to cover any applicable Damaged Property Fee and any other fees that you owe us under this Agreement.
4.3 Cancellations. We will charge all applicable sums for the reservations that you make through the Service at the time such reservations are requested. You may cancel a completed reservation at any time, however any refunds will be subject to the version of our cancellation policy posted on our website and effective at the time your reservation was completed. Our cancellation policy is available <Booking and Property Policy>. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT IF YOU REQUEST OR COMPLETE A RESERVATION FOR ONE OF OUR PROPERTIES THROUGH A THIRD PARTY OR THIRD-PARTY WEBSITE, STRICTER CANCELLATION POLICIES MAY APPLY. PLEASE REVIEW SUCH THIRD PARTY POLICIES BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR RESERVATION REQUEST AND MAKE SURE YOU AGREE WITH THE APPLICABLE CANCELLATION PERIOD. SEE SECTION 8 FOR MORE DETAILS REGARDING RESERVATIONS MADE THROUGH A THIRD PARTY.
4.4 Modifications. You may be able to modify your reservation, subject to additional fees and charges, for example, by purchasing additional services and amenities (e.g., pool heating and extra cleaning services) or by modifying the applicable services or dates of your existing reservation. You will have an opportunity to review and accept any additional fees or charges prior to modifying your reservation.
4.5 Repeated Cancellations. If you repeatedly cancel confirmed reservations, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to temporarily or permanently suspend or terminate your access to the Service.
4.6 Delinquent Accounts. We may suspend or terminate your access to the Service or Properties if any amount associated with your account is due but unpaid. In addition, a delinquent account will be charged with fees or charges that are incidental to any chargeback or collection of any unpaid amount, including collection fees.
5. Service and Booked Properties.
5.1 Limited License to the Service. Subject to your complete and ongoing compliance with this Agreement, we grant you, solely for your personal and non-commercial use (except as expressly provided in this Section 5.1), a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to access and use the Service. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may use the Service for non-personal and/or commercial use only if you are an organization and only to reserve Properties for or on behalf of your organization’s employees and/or a third party (“Limited Commercial Use”), provided that (i) such use shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement; (ii) you require each employee and/or third party to agree in writing to be bound by this Agreement; and (iii) you remain responsible and liable for all acts and omissions of each such employee and/or third party to the same extent as if such acts and omissions had been undertaken by you.
5.2 Limited License to Booked Properties. Subject to your complete and ongoing compliance with this Agreement, we grant you a limited, exclusive (except as expressly provided in this Section 5.2), non-transferable, non-sublicensable (except as expressly provided in this Section 5.2), revocable license to occupy the specific type of Property for only the specific period of time that you have reserved through our Service and for the maximum number of occupants permitted by us, as confirmed in writing by us and provided by us to you by email or other means (such specific type of property, the “Booked Property” and such specific period of time, the “Period of Occupancy”). For the avoidance of doubt, we are not obliged to make the Booked Property available, and a binding contract with respect to the Booked Property is not in place, until such time as you receive the foregoing written confirmation, and in no event shall you have any rights to renewal, extension, or recurring use of the Booked Property.
5.3 Feedback License To Us. If you choose to provide suggestions or any other input regarding problems with, proposed modifications or improvements to, or any other aspect of the Service or Properties (“Feedback”), then you hereby grant us an unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, freely transferable and sublicensable (including through multiple tiers), royalty-free, and fully-paid right and license to exploit the Feedback in any manner and for any purpose with no obligation or accounting to you, including to improve the Service and Properties and create other products and services.
6. Restrictions and Responsibilities.
6.1 Compliance With Law. If you are prohibited under applicable law from using the Service or any of the Properties (including Booked Properties), you may not use them. You understand and agree that you are solely responsible for compliance with any and all laws, rules, and regulations that may apply to your use of the Service and Properties.
6.2 Prohibited Conduct. In connection with your use of the Service and Properties, you may not and you agree that you will not (except and solely to the extent such restriction is impermissible under applicable law):
1) Use the Service or any Property for any illegal purpose or in violation of any local, state, national, or international law;
2) Impersonate any individual or organization, or falsify or otherwise misrepresent yourself (including your age or date of birth) or your affiliation with any individual or organization;
3) Register for more than one Villatel account or register for a Villatel account on behalf of an individual other than yourself;
4) Use the Service or any Property for any commercial purpose, unless expressly permitted in writing by Villatel;
5) Resell or transfer any reservation you make through the Service to any other individual or organization;
6) Make false, fraudulent, or speculative reservations;
7) Bring into or onto any Property any dangerous or hazardous item (including items that are likely to increase the risk of fire or explosion);
8) Reproduce, distribute, publicly display, or publicly perform any aspect of the Service or make modifications to any aspect of the Service or any Property;
9) Attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any of the software used to provide the Service;
10) Use, display, mirror, or frame any aspect of the Service (including any layout or design of any webpage or form contained therein), the Villatel name, or any of Villatel trademarks, logos, or other proprietary information, without our express written consent;
11) Copy, store, or otherwise access any information accessible through the Service or any Property for purposes not expressly permitted under this Agreement;
12) Use manual or automated software, devices, scripts, robots, or other means or processes to access, “scrape,” “crawl,” or “spider” any web pages or other services contained in the Service or to otherwise collect information or interact with the Service;
13) Systematically retrieve data or other content from the Service to create or compile, directly or indirectly, in one or more downloads, a collection, compilation, database, directory, or the like, whether by manual or automated methods;
14) Interfere or tamper with, circumvent, damage, or test the vulnerability of any aspect of the Service or Properties (including any physical item therein), whether by manual or automated methods, including through the use of viruses, cancel bots, Trojan horses, harmful code, flood pings, denial-of-service attacks, packet or IP spoofing, forged routing of email address information, or similar methods or technology;
15) Infringe, misappropriate, or violate the rights of any individual or organization, including their intellectual property rights (including rights to trade secrets and moral rights), or their privacy, publicity, confidentiality, contractual, property, or other rights;
16) Use the Service or any Property to transmit, distribute, post, or submit any information concerning any other individual or organization without such individual’s or organization’s permission, including photographs, personal contact information, or credit, debit, calling card, or other account numbers;
17) Engage in any conduct that: (i) would give rise to civil liability; (ii) is fraudulent, false, misleading, or deceptive; (iii) is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, vulgar, or offensive; (iv) promotes or constitutes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment, or harm against any individual or group or otherwise threatens or embarrasses any individual or group; (v) is violent or threatening or promotes violence or actions that are threatening to any other individual or organization; (vi) promotes illegal or harmful activities or substances; or (vii) is restricted or prohibited by or under any of our Additional Terms (defined in Section 1.1); or
18) Attempt to do any of the foregoing or assist or advocate, encourage, permit, or assist any third party in doing any of the foregoing.
6.3 Investigation and Prosecution. We reserve at all times the right to investigate and prosecute any breach of any provision of this Agreement to the fullest extent of the law. We may involve and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who breach any provision of this Agreement. You acknowledge that we have no obligation to monitor your access to or use of the Service or Properties but have the right to do so for the purpose of operating the Service, to ensure your compliance with this Agreement, or to comply with applicable law or the order or requirement of a court, administrative agency, or other governmental body.
7. Ownership; Proprietary Rights.
The Service is owned and operated by us. The visual interfaces, graphics, design, compilation, information, data, computer code (including source code or object code), products, software, services, and all other elements of the Service (“Materials”) provided by us are protected by intellectual property and other laws. All Materials included in the Service are our or our third-party licensors’ property. Except as expressly authorized by us, you may not make use of the Materials. We reserve all rights to the Materials not granted expressly in this Agreement.
8. Third-Party Terms.
We may provide tools or features through the Service that enable you to interact with third-party websites or services. By using one of these tools or features, you agree that we may transfer information to the applicable third-party website or service. Third-party websites and services are not under our control, and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, we are not responsible for any third-party service’s use of your exported information. You acknowledge and agree that such interactions with third-party websites or services may be governed by one or more third parties’ terms, conditions, or policies. You further acknowledge and agree that if you request or complete a reservation for one of our Properties through a third party, such reservation may be governed by one or more of such third party’s terms, conditions, or policies, and any agreement you enter into with such third party, including relating to one of our Properties, is between only you and such third party. Please review such third party terms, conditions, and policies before completing your reservation and make sure you agree with them. You assume sole and exclusive risk of making any reservations through a third party based on any information provided by such third party, and it is your responsibility to verify any such information relating to one of our Properties by checking our website. We will not be made party to a dispute between you and such third party solely by your requesting or completing a reservation for one of our Properties through such third party.
9. User Content
9.1 User Content Generally. Certain features of the Service may permit users to submit content to the Service, including messages, reviews, ratings, and other types of works (“User Content”) and to publish User Content on the Service. You retain any copyright and other proprietary rights that you may hold in the User Content that you post to the Service.
9.2 Ratings and Reviews. Within a certain timeframe after completing a reservation, you and other users may provide us with a public review (“Review”) or rating (“Rating”) regarding your or such other user’s experience with the Service or at a Booked Property. Reviews and Ratings reflect the opinions of the individual or entity that leaves such Review or Rating, do not reflect our opinion, and may be incorrect or misleading. We may, but are not obliged to, verify any Reviews or Ratings for accuracy. You acknowledge and agree that if you provide a Review or Rating, such Review or Rating must be accurate, may not contain any offensive or defamatory language, may be surfaced anywhere (including publicly) on our Service or a third-party service as permitted by us, and constitute “User Content.”
9.3 Limited License Grant to Us. By providing User Content to or via the Service, you grant us an unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, freely transferable and sublicensable (including through multiple tiers), royalty-free, and fully-paid right and license to exploit the User Content, in whole or in part, in any manner (including in any language or any media formats and through any media channels now known or hereafter developed) and for any purpose with no obligation or accounting to you.
9.4 User Content Representations and Warranties. We disclaim any and all liability in connection with User Content. You are solely responsible for your User Content and the consequences of providing User Content via the Service. By providing User Content via the Service, you affirm, represent, and warrant that:
1) you are the creator and owner of the User Content, or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to authorize us and our sublicensees to use and distribute your User Content as necessary to exercise the licenses granted by you in this Section 10, in the manner contemplated by us, the Service, and this Agreement;
2) your User Content, and the use of your User Content as contemplated by this Agreement, does not and will not: (i) infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third party’s right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; (ii) slander, defame, libel, or invade the right of privacy, publicity, or other property rights of any other individual or organization; or (iii) cause us to violate any law, rule, or regulation; and
3) your User Content could not be deemed by a reasonable person to be objectionable, profane, indecent, pornographic, harassing, threatening, embarrassing, hateful, or otherwise inappropriate.
9.5 User Content Disclaimer. We are under no obligation to edit or control User Content that you or other users post or publish, and will not be in any way responsible or liable for User Content. We may, however, at any time and without prior notice, screen, remove, edit, or block any User Content that in our sole judgment violates this Agreement or is otherwise objectionable. You understand that when using the Service you may be exposed to User Content from a variety of sources and acknowledge that User Content may be inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable. You agree to waive, and do waive, any legal or equitable right or remedy you have or may have against us with respect to User Content. If notified by a user or content owner that User Content allegedly does not conform to this Agreement, we may investigate the allegation and determine in our sole discretion whether to remove the User Content, which we reserve the right to do at any time and without notice. For clarity, we do not permit copyright-infringing activities on the Service.
10. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
10.1 DMCA Notification. We comply with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act applicable to Internet service providers (17 U.S.C. §512, as amended). If you have an intellectual property rights-related complaint about material posted on the Service, you may contact our Designated Agent at the following address:
ATTN: Legal Department (Copyright Notification)
750 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022
Any notice alleging that materials hosted by or distributed through the Service infringe intellectual property rights must include the following information:
1) an electronic or physical signature of the individual authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other right being infringed;
2) a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
3) a description of the material that you claim is infringing and where it is located on the Service;
4) your address, telephone number, and email address;
5) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the materials on the Service of which you are complaining is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
6) a statement by you that the above information in your notice is accurate and that, under penalty of perjury, you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
10.2 Repeat Infringers. We will promptly disable or terminate the accounts of users that we determine to be repeat infringers.
11. Modification of this Agreement.
We reserve the right to change this Agreement (including any of the Additional Terms) on a going-forward basis at any time. Please check this Agreement periodically for changes. If a change to this Agreement materially modifies your rights or obligations, we may require that you accept the modified Agreement in order to continue to use the Service or any Properties. Material modifications are effective upon your acceptance of the modified Agreement and we will provide you with reasonable notice prior to such changes taking effect. Please discontinue using the Service and any Property if you do not agree to these changes. Immaterial modifications are effective upon publication. Except as expressly permitted in this Section 12, this Agreement may be amended only by a written agreement signed by authorized representatives of the parties to this Agreement. Disputes arising under this Agreement will be resolved in accordance with the version of this Agreement that was in effect at the time the dispute arose.
12. Term, Termination and Modification of the Service
12.1 Term. This Agreement is effective beginning when you accept it or first download, or otherwise access or use the Service or Properties, and its term ends when the Agreement is terminated as described in Section 12.2.
12.2 Termination. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, if you violate any provision of this Agreement, all of our licenses to you and this Agreement automatically terminate without notice to you. In addition, we may, in our sole discretion, terminate this Agreement or your account on the Service, or suspend or terminate your access to the Service, at any time for any reason or no reason, with or without notice. You may terminate your account and this Agreement at any time by contacting customer service at email@example.com and requesting that your account be deleted.
12.3 Effect of Termination. Upon termination of this Agreement: (a) all of our licenses to you hereunder automatically terminate and you must immediately cease all use of the Service and Properties; (b) you will no longer be authorized to access your account or the Service or any Properties; (c) you must pay us any unpaid amount that was due prior to termination; and (d) all payment obligations accrued prior to termination and Sections 4, 5.3, 6, 7, 9, 12.3, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 will survive.
12.4 Modification of the Service. We reserve the right to modify or discontinue the Service at any time (including by limiting or discontinuing certain features of the Service such as any of our product or Property offerings), temporarily or permanently, without notice to you. We will have no liability for any change to the Service or any suspension or termination of your access to or use of the Service.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, you are responsible for your use of the Service and Properties, and you will defend and indemnify us and our officers, directors, employees, contractors, consultants, affiliates, subsidiaries, Property Managers, and agents (individually a “Villatel Entity” and collectively the “Villatel Entities”) from and against every claim brought by a third party, and any related liability, direct or indirect damage, loss, and expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, arising out of or connected with: (a) your unauthorized use of, or misuse of, the Service or Properties; (b) your breach or violation of any portion of this Agreement, any representation, warranty, or agreement referenced in this Agreement, or any applicable law, rule, or regulation (including those put in place by Property Managers from time to time); (c) your infringement, misappropriation, or violation of any third party’s right, including any intellectual property rights (including rights to trade secrets and moral rights), or any privacy, publicity, confidentiality, contractual, property, or other rights; (d) any dispute or issue between you and any third party; or (e) any injury, death, or damages sustained by any individual or entity, or to the property of the same, where such injury, death, or damage is caused by your or any of your guests’, visitors’, or invitees’ acts or omissions. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you (without limiting your indemnification obligations with respect to that matter), and in that case, you agree to cooperate with our defense of those claims.
14. Disclaimers; No Warranties
14.1 THE SERVICE, PROPERTIES, AND ALL MATERIALS AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE AND PROPERTIES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND ON AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, RELATING TO THE SERVICE, PROPERTIES, AND ALL MATERIALS AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE AND PROPERTIES, INCLUDING: (A) ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT; AND (B) ANY WARRANTY ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE, OR TRADE.
14.2 WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE, PROPERTIES, MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE AND PROPERTIES, OR ANY PORTION OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, AND WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT ANY OF THOSE ISSUES WILL BE CORRECTED.
14.3 WE DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY REGARDING THE QUALITY OF ANY ASPECT OF THE SERVICE, PROPERTIES, OR MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES, OR THE ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, TRUTHFULNESS, COMPLETENESS OR RELIABILITY OF THE FOREGOING.
14.4 YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT WE SHALL NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANY THIRD PARTY OR ANY CONDITION OR CIRCUMSTANCE (E.G., CONSTRUCTION) OUTSIDE A PROPERTY.
14.5 OTHER THAN AS SET OUT IN SECTION 15 BELOW, NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE SERVICE, PROPERTIES, ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES, OR ANY VILLATEL ENTITIES WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY REGARDING ANY OF THE FOREGOING THAT IS NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT. OTHER THAN AS SET OUT IN SECTION 15 BELOW, WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE SERVICE, PROPERTIES, OR YOUR DEALING WITH ANY OTHER USER OF THE SAME. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU USE ANY ASPECT OF THE SERVICE AND PROPERTIES AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND THAT WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM, MOBILE DEVICE, OR ANY PHYSICAL BELONGINGS USED IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES) OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, INCLUDING USER CONTENT.
14.6 WE DO NOT CONTROL ANY FEES THAT MAY BE CHARGED TO YOU BY ANY THIRD PARTY RELATING TO OUR COLLECTION OF ANY FEES THAT YOU OWE US UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, AND WE DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING.
14.7 THE LIMITATIONS, EXCLUSIONS AND DISCLAIMERS IN THIS SECTION APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. WE DO NOT DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTY OR OTHER RIGHT THAT WE ARE PROHIBITED FROM DISCLAIMING UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
14.8 “WE”, AS USED IN THIS SECTION 14, REFERS TO US AS WELL AS THE APPLICABLE PROPERTY MANAGER(S).
15. Limitation of Liability
15.1 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL ANY VILLATEL ENTITY BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, REPUTATION, GOODWILL, INCOME, SALES, REVENUE, BUSINESS, ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, OR DATA, OR FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, WASTED MANAGEMENT OR OFFICE TIME, OR ANY OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSS.
15.2 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL ANY VILLATEL ENTITY BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL OR BODILY INJURY OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF, OR YOUR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE, THE SERVICE, PROPERTIES, OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STATUTE, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT ANY VILLATEL ENTITY HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGE.
15.3 WE DO NOT EXCLUDE OR LIMIT IN ANY WAY OUR LIABILITY TO YOU WHERE IT WOULD BE UNLAWFUL TO DO SO.
15.4 EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 16.5 AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE VILLATEL ENTITIES TO YOU FOR ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR TO THE USE OF OR ANY INABILITY TO USE ANY PORTION OF THE SERVICE, PROPERTIES, OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE OR PROPERTIES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, IS LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF: (A) THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID TO US FOR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE AND PROPERTIES IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE EVENT OR CIRCUMSTANCE GIVING RISE TO CLAIM; OR (B) $100.
15.5 EACH PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS INTENDED TO AND DOES ALLOCATE THE RISKS BETWEEN THE PARTIES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. THIS ALLOCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE PARTIES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION 15 WILL APPLY EVEN IF ANY
16. Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
16.1 Generally. In the interest of resolving disputes between you and Villatel in the most expedient and cost effective manner, and except as described in Section 16.3, you and Villatel agree that every dispute arising in connection with this Agreement will be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is less formal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award.
16.2 Arbitration. This agreement to arbitrate disputes includes all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of this Agreement, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation, or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether a claim arises during or after the termination of this Agreement. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, BY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT, YOU AND VILLATEL ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION.
16.3 Exceptions. Despite the provisions of Section 16.2, nothing in this Agreement will be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit the right of either party to: (a) bring an individual action in small claims court; (b) pursue an enforcement action through the applicable federal, state, or local agency if that action is available; (c) seek injunctive relief in a court of law in aid of arbitration; or (d) to file suit in a court of law to address an intellectual property infringement claim.
16.4 Arbitrator. Any arbitration between you and Villatel will be settled under the Federal Arbitration Act and administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its Consumer Arbitration Rules (collectively, “AAA Rules”) as modified by this Agreement. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by contacting Villatel. The arbitrator shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, or enforceability of this binding arbitration agreement.
16.5 Notice of Arbitration; Process. A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other party by certified U.S. Mail or by Federal Express (signature required) or, only if that other party has not provided a current physical address, then by email (“Notice of Arbitration”). Villatel’s address for Notice is: 750 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022, Attention: Legal Department. The Notice of Arbitration must: (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (b) set forth the specific relief sought (“Demand”). The parties will make good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if the parties do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 days after the Notice of Arbitration is received, you or Villatel may commence an arbitration proceeding. All arbitration proceedings between the parties will be confidential unless otherwise agreed by the parties in writing. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by you or Villatel must not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator makes a final decision and award, if any. If the arbitrator awards you an amount higher than the last written settlement amount offered by Villatel in settlement of the dispute prior to the award, Villatel will pay to you the higher of: (i) the amount awarded by the arbitrator; or (ii) $10,000.
16.6 Fees. If you commence arbitration in accordance with this Agreement, Villatel will reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for more than $10,000, in which case the payment of any fees will be decided by the AAA Rules. Any arbitration hearing will take place at a location to be agreed upon in New York County, New York, but if the claim is for $10,000 or less, you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted: (a) solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator; (b) through a non-appearance based telephone hearing; or (c) by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules in the county (or parish) of your billing address. If the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)), then the payment of all fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In that case, you agree to reimburse Villatel for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator must issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator’s ruling on the merits.
16.7 No Class Actions. YOU AND VILLATEL AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and Villatel agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
16.8 Modifications to this Arbitration Provision. If Villatel makes any future change to this arbitration provision, other than a change to Villatel’s address for Notice of Arbitration, you may reject the change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change to Villatel’s address for Notice of Arbitration, in which case your account with Villatel will be immediately terminated and this arbitration provision, as in effect immediately prior to the changes you rejected will survive.
16.9 Enforceability. If Section 16.7 is found to be unenforceable or if the entirety of this Section 16 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 17 will be null and void and, in that case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 17.2 will govern any action arising out of or related to this Agreement.
17.2 Governing Law and Jurisdiction. This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to conflict of law principles. You and Villatel submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located within New York County, Florida for resolution of any lawsuit or court proceeding permitted under this Agreement. We operate the Service from our offices in New York, and we make no representation that Materials included in the Service are appropriate or available for use in other locations.
17.3 Third Party Rights. This Agreement is between you and us. Except where otherwise provided for in this Agreement, no other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms.
17.5 Contact Information. The Service is offered by Vacation Capital Group Management, LLC, located at [Address], Attention: Legal Department. If you have a question or complaint, you may contact us by sending correspondence to that address or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at [phone]. You can access a copy of this Agreement by clicking <Hyperlink to printer-friendly TOS>.
17.6 Notice to California Residents. If you are a California resident, under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, you may contact the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs in writing at 1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite S-202, Sacramento, California 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210 in order to resolve a complaint regarding the Service or Properties, or to receive further information regarding use of the Service or Properties.
17.7 No Support. We are under no obligation to provide support for the Service or Properties. In instances where we may offer support, the support will be subject to published policies.
17.8 Force Majeure. We will not be liable to you or be deemed to be in breach of this Agreement by reason of any delay in performing, or any failure to perform, any of its obligations, if the delay or failure was due to any cause beyond our reasonable control including but not limited to severe weather, power, or other utility cut-off, burglary, natural disaster, strikes, governmental action, terrorism, war, civil unrest, or other similar events of “force majeure”.
17.9 Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses. If we are required to engage legal counsel to enforce the conditions of this Agreement, to collect any amounts due, to remove you or your belongings from a Booked Property, you shall be responsible for all lawyers’ fees and expenses incurred in connection with the foregoing.
17.10 International Use. The Service and Properties are hosted and managed in the United States. We make no representation that the Service is appropriate or available for use outside of these countries or territories. Access to the Service or Properties from or in countries or territories or by individuals where or for whom such access is illegal is prohibited.