Terms Of Service
Please read these Terms of Service carefully as they contain important information about your legal rights, remedies and obligations. By accessing or using the ShortletsMalta Platform, you agree to comply with and be bound by these Terms of Service.
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Last Updated: October 27, 2018
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These Terms of Service ("Terms") constitute a legally binding agreement ("Agreement") between you and ShortletsMalta (as defined below) governing your access to and use of the ShortletsMalta website, including any subdomains thereof, and any other websites through which ShortletsMalta makes its services available (collectively, "Site"), our mobile, tablet and other smart device applications, and application program interfaces (collectively, "Application") and all associated services (collectively, "ShortletsMalta Services"). The Site, Application and ShortletsMalta Services together are hereinafter collectively referred to as the “ShortletsMalta Platform”.
When these Terms mention “ShortletsMalta,” “we,” “us,” or “our,” it refers to the ShortletsMalta you are contracting with. Account as determined by either your express selection or by ShortletsMalta’s assessment of your residence using various data attributes associated with your ShortletsMalta Account.
1. Scope of ShortletsMalta Services
1.1 The ShortletsMalta Platform is an online marketplace that enables registered users (“Members”) and certain third parties who offer services (Members and third parties who offer services are “Hosts” and the services they offer are “Host Services”) to publish such Host Services on the ShortletsMalta Platform (“Listings”) and to communicate and transact directly with Members that are seeking to book such Host Services (Members using Host Services are “Guests”). Host Services may include the offering of vacation or other properties for use ("Accommodations"), single or multi-day activities in various categories (“Experiences”), access to unique events and locations (“Events”), and a variety of other travel and non-travel related services.
1.2 As the provider of the ShortletsMalta Platform, ShortletsMalta does not own, create, sell, resell, provide, control, manage, offer, deliver, or supply any Listings or Host Services, nor is ShortletsMalta an organiser or retailer of travel packages. Hosts alone are responsible for their Listings and Host Services. When Members make or accept a booking, they are entering into a contract directly with each other. ShortletsMalta is not and does not become a party to or other participant in any contractual relationship between Members, nor is ShortletsMalta a real estate broker or insurer. ShortletsMalta is not acting as an agent in any capacity for any Member, except as specified in the Payments Terms.
1.3 While we may help facilitate the resolution of disputes, ShortletsMalta has no control over and does not guarantee (i) the existence, quality, safety, suitability, or legality of any Listings or Host Services, (ii) the truth or accuracy of any Listing descriptions, Ratings, Reviews, or other Member Content (as defined below), or (iii) the performance or conduct of any Member or third party. ShortletsMalta does not endorse any Member, Listing or Host Services. Any references to a Member being "verified" (or similar language) only indicate that the Member has completed a relevant verification or identification process and nothing else. Any such description is not an endorsement, certification or guarantee by ShortletsMalta about any Member, including of the Member's identity or background or whether the Member is trustworthy, safe or suitable. You should always exercise due diligence and care when deciding whether to stay in an Accommodation, participate in an Experience or Event or use other Host Services, accept a booking request from a Guest, or communicate and interact with other Members, whether online or in person. Verified Images (as defined below) are intended only to indicate a photographic representation of a Listing at the time the photograph was taken, and are therefore not an endorsement by ShortletsMalta of any Host or Listing.
1.4 If you choose to use the ShortletsMalta Platform as a Host or Co-Host (as defined below), your relationship with ShortletsMalta is limited to being an independent, third-party contractor, and not an employee, agent, joint venturer or partner of ShortletsMalta for any reason, and you act exclusively on your own behalf and for your own benefit, and not on behalf, or for the benefit, of ShortletsMalta. ShortletsMalta does not, and shall not be deemed to, direct or control you generally or in your performance under these Terms specifically, including in connection with your provision of the Host Services. You acknowledge and agree that you have complete discretion whether to list Host Services or otherwise engage in other business or employment activities.
1.5 To promote the ShortletsMalta Platform and to increase the exposure of Listings to potential Guests, Listings and other Member Content may be displayed on other websites, in applications, within emails, and in online and offline advertisements. To assist Members who speak different languages, Listings and other Member Content may be translated, in whole or in part, into other languages. ShortletsMalta cannot guarantee the accuracy or quality of such translations and Members are responsible for reviewing and verifying the accuracy of such translations. The ShortletsMalta Platform may contain translations powered by Google. Google disclaims all warranties related to the translations, express or implied, including any warranties of accuracy, reliability, and any implied warranties for merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.
1.6 The ShortletsMalta Platform may contain links to third-party websites or resources (“Third-Party Services”). Such Third-Party Services may be subject to different terms and conditions and privacy practices. ShortletsMalta is not responsible or liable for the availability or accuracy of such Third-Party Services, or the content, products, or services available from such Third-Party Services. Links to such Third-Party Services are not an endorsement by ShortletsMalta of such Third-Party Services.
1.7 Due to the nature of the Internet, ShortletsMalta cannot guarantee the continuous and uninterrupted availability and accessibility of the ShortletsMalta Platform. ShortletsMalta may restrict the availability of the ShortletsMalta Platform or certain areas or features thereof, if this is necessary in view of capacity limits, the security or integrity of our servers, or to carry out maintenance measures that ensure the proper or improved functioning of the ShortletsMalta Platform. ShortletsMalta may improve, enhance and modify the ShortletsMalta Platform and introduce new ShortletsMalta Services from time to time.
2. Eligibility, Using the ShortletsMalta Platform, Member Verification
2.1 You must be at least 18 years old and able to enter into legally binding contracts to access and use the ShortletsMalta Platform or register an ShortletsMalta Account. By accessing or using the ShortletsMalta Platform you represent and warrant that you are 18 or older and have the legal capacity and authority to enter into a contract.
2.3 ShortletsMalta may make access to and use of the ShortletsMalta Platform, or certain areas or features of the ShortletsMalta Platform, subject to certain conditions or requirements, such as completing a verification process, meeting specific quality or eligibility criteria, meeting Ratings or Reviews thresholds, or a Member’s booking and cancellation history.
2.4 User verification on the Internet is difficult and we do not assume any responsibility for the confirmation of any Member’s identity.
2.5 The access to or use of certain areas and features of the ShortletsMalta Platform may be subject to separate policies, standards or guidelines, or may require that you accept additional terms and conditions. If there is a conflict between these Terms and terms and conditions applicable to a specific area or feature of the ShortletsMalta Platform, the latter terms and conditions will take precedence with respect to your access to or use of that area or feature, unless specified otherwise.
2.6 If you access or download the Application from the Apple App Store, you agree to Apple’s Licensed Application End User License Agreement. Some areas of the ShortletsMalta Platform implement Google Maps/Earth mapping services, including Google Maps API(s). Your use of Google Maps/Earth is subject to the Google Maps/Google Earth Additional Terms of Service.
3. Modification of these Terms
ShortletsMalta reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time in accordance with this provision. If we make changes to these Terms, we will post the revised Terms on the ShortletsMalta Platform and update the “Last Updated” date at the top of these Terms. We will also provide you with notice of the modifications by email at least thirty (30) days before the date they become effective. If you disagree with the revised Terms, you may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect. We will inform you about your right to terminate the Agreement in the notification email. If you do not terminate your Agreement before the date the revised Terms become effective, your continued access to or use of the ShortletsMalta Platform will constitute acceptance of the revised Terms.
4. Account Registration
4.1 You must register an account ("ShortletsMalta Account") to access and use certain features of the ShortletsMalta Platform, such as publishing or booking a Listing. If you are registering an ShortletsMalta Account for a company or other legal entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to legally bind that entity and grant us all permissions and licenses provided in these Terms.
4.2 You can register an ShortletsMalta Account using an email address and creating a password, or through your account with certain third-party social networking services, such as Facebook or Google ("SNS Account"). You have the ability to disable the connection between your ShortletsMalta Account and your SNS Account at any time, by accessing the "Settings" section of the ShortletsMalta Platform.
4.3 You must provide accurate, current and complete information during the registration process and keep your ShortletsMalta Account and public ShortletsMalta Account profile page information up-to-date at all times.
4.4 You may not register more than one (1) ShortletsMalta Account unless ShortletsMalta authorizes you to do so. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your ShortletsMalta Account to another party.
4.5 You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your ShortletsMalta Account credentials and may not disclose your credentials to any third party. You must immediately notify ShortletsMalta if you know or have any reason to suspect that your credentials have been lost, stolen, misappropriated, or otherwise compromised or in case of any actual or suspected unauthorized use of your ShortletsMalta Account. You are liable for any and all activities conducted through your ShortletsMalta Account, unless such activities are not authorized by you and you are not otherwise negligent (such as failing to report the unauthorized use or loss of your credentials).
4.6 ShortletsMalta may enable features that allow you to authorize other Members or certain third parties to take certain actions that affect your ShortletsMalta Account. For example, we may allow eligible Members or certain third parties to book Listings on behalf of other Members, or we may allow Hosts to add other Members as Co-Hosts (as defined below) to help manage their Listings. These features do not require that you share your credentials with any other person. No third party is authorized by ShortletsMalta to ask for your credentials, and you shall not request the credentials of another Member.
5.1 ShortletsMalta may, at its sole discretion, enable Members to (i) create, upload, post, send, receive and store content, such as text, photos, audio, video, or other materials and information on or through the ShortletsMalta Platform ("Member Content"); and (ii) access and view Member Content and any content that ShortletsMalta itself makes available on or through the ShortletsMalta Platform, including proprietary ShortletsMalta content and any content licensed or authorized for use by or through ShortletsMalta from a third party ("ShortletsMalta Content" and together with Member Content, "Collective Content").
5.2 Subject to your compliance with these Terms, ShortletsMalta grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, revocable, non-transferable license to (i) download and use the Application on your personal device(s); and (ii) access and view any Collective Content made available on or through the ShortletsMalta Platform and accessible to you, solely for your personal and non-commercial use.
6. Service Fees
6.1 ShortletsMalta may charge fees to Hosts ("Host Fees") and/or Guests ("Guest Fees") (collectively, "Service Fees") in consideration for the use of the ShortletsMalta Platform. More information about when Service Fees apply and how they are calculated can be found on our Service Fees page.
6.2 Any applicable Service Fees (including any applicable Taxes) will be displayed to a Host or Guest prior to publishing or booking a Listing. ShortletsMalta reserves the right to change the Service Fees at any time, and will provide Members adequate notice of any fee changes before they become effective.
6.3 You are responsible for paying any Service Fees that you owe to ShortletsMalta. The applicable Service Fees (including any applicable Taxes) are collected by ShortletsMalta Payments. ShortletsMalta Payments will deduct any Host Fees from the Listing Fee before remitting the payout to the Host. Any Guest Fees are included in the Total Fees collected by ShortletsMalta Payments. Except as otherwise provided on the ShortletsMalta Platform, Service Fees are non-refundable.
8.2 Booking Accommodations
8.2.1 You understand that a confirmed booking of an Accommodation (“Accommodation Booking”) is a limited license granted to you by the Host to enter, occupy and use the Accommodation for the duration of your stay, 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 your agreement with the Host.
8.2.2 You 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 you and the Host. If you stay past the agreed upon checkout time without the Host's consent (“Overstay”), you no longer have a license to stay in the Accommodation and the Host is entitled to make you leave in a manner consistent with applicable law. In addition, you agree to pay, if requested by the Host, for each twenty-four (24) hour period (or any portion thereof) that you Overstay, an additional nightly fee of up to two (2) times the average nightly Listing Fee originally paid by you to cover the inconvenience suffered by the Host, plus all applicable Guest Fees, Taxes, and any legal expenses incurred by the Host to make you leave (collectively, "Overstay Fees"). Overstay Fees for late checkouts on the checkout date that do not impact upcoming bookings may be limited to the additional costs incurred by the Host as a result of such Overstay. If you Overstay at an Accommodation, you authorize ShortletsMalta (via ShortletsMalta Payments) to charge you to collect Overstay Fees. A Security Deposit, if required by a Host, may be applied to any Overstay Fees due for a Guest’s Overstay.
8.3 Booking Experiences, Events and other Host Services
8.3.1 You should carefully review the description of any Experience, Event or other Host Service you intend to book to ensure you (and any additional guests you are booking for) meet any minimum age, proficiency, fitness or other requirements which the Host has specified in their Listing. At your sole discretion you may want to inform the Host of any medical or physical conditions, or other circumstances that may impact your and any additional guest’s ability to participate in any Experience, Event or other Host Service. In addition, certain laws, like the minimum legal drinking age in the location of the Experience, Event or other Host Service, may also apply. You are responsible for identifying, understanding, and complying with all laws, rules and regulations that apply to your participation in an Experience, Event or other Host Service.
8.3.2 Before and during an Experience, Event or other Host Service you must at all times adhere to the Hosts’ instructions.
8.3.3 You may not bring any additional individuals to an Experience, Event or other Host Service unless such an individual was added by you as an additional guest during the booking process on the ShortletsMalta Platform.
8.4 ShortletsMalta Travel Credits
ShortletsMalta Travel Credits may be redeemed for eligible bookings via the ShortletsMalta Platform as specified in the terms and conditions provided with the Travel Credit. You may only redeem ShortletsMalta Travel Credits after the ShortletsMalta Travel Credits are reflected in your ShortletsMalta Account.
9. Booking Modifications, Cancellations and Refunds, Resolution Center
9.1 Hosts and Guests are responsible for any modifications to a booking that they make via the ShortletsMalta Platform or direct ShortletsMalta customer service to make ("Booking Modifications"), and agree to pay any additional Listing Fees, Host Fees or Guest Fees and/or Taxes associated with such Booking Modifications.
9.2 Guests can cancel a confirmed booking at any time pursuant to the Listing’s cancellation policy, and ShortletsMalta Payments will refund the amount of the Total Fees due to the Guest in accordance with such cancellation policy. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, any portion of the Total Fees due to the Host under the applicable cancellation policy will be remitted to the Host by ShortletsMalta Payments pursuant to the Payments Terms.
9.3 If a Host cancels a confirmed booking, the Guest will receive a full refund of the Total Fees for such booking within a commercially reasonable time of the cancellation. In some instances, ShortletsMalta may allow the Guest to apply the refund to a new booking, in which case ShortletsMalta Payments will credit the amount against the Guest’s subsequent booking at the Guest’s direction. Further, ShortletsMalta may publish an automated review on the Listing cancelled by the Host indicating that a booking was cancelled. In addition, ShortletsMalta may (i) keep the calendar for the Listing unavailable or blocked for the dates of the cancelled booking, and/or (ii) impose a cancellation fee, unless the Host has a valid reason for cancelling the booking pursuant to ShortletsMalta’s Extenuating Circumstances Policy or has legitimate concerns about the Guest’s behavior.
9.4 For Experiences, Events and other Host Services, if inclement weather creates an unsafe or uncomfortable scenario for Guests, Hosts may modify or cancel a Host Service. If there is a substantial change in the itinerary or the Host Service needs to be cancelled, ShortletsMalta will work with the Host and/or Guests to provide Guests an alternative date for the Host Service, an appropriate refund or a rebooking.
9.5 In certain circumstances, ShortletsMalta may decide, in its sole discretion, that it is necessary to cancel a confirmed booking and make appropriate refund and payout decisions. This may be for reasons set forth in ShortletsMalta's Extenuating Circumstances Policy or (i) where ShortletsMalta believes in good faith, while taking the legitimate interests of both parties into account, this is necessary to avoid significant harm to ShortletsMalta, other Members, third parties or property, or (ii) for any of the reasons set out in these Terms.
9.6 If a Guest suffers a Travel Issue pursuant to the Guest Refund Policy, ShortletsMalta may determine, in its sole discretion, to refund the Guest part or all of the Total Fees in accordance with the Guest Refund Policy.
9.7 If, as a Host, your Guest cancels a confirmed booking or ShortletsMalta decides that it is necessary to cancel a confirmed booking, and ShortletsMalta issues a refund to the Guest in accordance with the Guest Refund Policy, Extenuating Circumstances Policy, or other applicable cancellation policy, you agree that in the event you have already been paid, ShortletsMalta Payments will be entitled to recover the amount of any such refund from you, including by subtracting such refund amount out from any future Payouts due to you.
9.8 Except as otherwise set out in these Terms, Members may use the Resolution Center to send or request money for refunds, additional Host Services, Co-Host Services or Damage Claims related to bookings. You agree to pay all amounts sent through the Resolution Center in connection with your ShortletsMalta Account, and ShortletsMalta Payments will handle all such payments.
10. Ratings and Reviews
10.1 Within a certain time frame after completing a booking, Guests and Hosts can leave a public review (“Review”) and submit a star rating (“Rating”) about each other. Ratings or Reviews reflect the opinions of individual Members and do not reflect the opinion of ShortletsMalta. Ratings and Reviews are not verified by ShortletsMalta for accuracy and may be incorrect or misleading.
10.2 Members are prohibited from manipulating the Ratings and Reviews system in any manner, such as instructing a third party to write a positive or negative Review about another Member.
10.3Ratings and Reviews are part of a Member’s public profile and may also be surfaced elsewhere on the ShortletsMalta Platform (such as the Listing page) together with other relevant information such as number of bookings, number of cancellations, average response time and other information.
11. Damage to Accommodations, Disputes between Members
As a Guest, you are responsible for leaving the Accommodation (including any personal or other property located at the Accommodation) in the condition it was in when you arrived. 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, excluding the Host (and the individuals the Host invites to the Accommodation, if applicable).