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Terms of website use

This page tells you the terms of use on which you may make use of our website at www.homesandcommunities.co.uk ("the Website"). Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use the Website. By using the Website, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to accept these terms of use, please refrain from using the Website.

Information about us

The Website is operated by the Homes and Communities Agency ("HCA"). The HCA is a Non-Departmental Public Body formed under the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008. 

Our registered address for legal documents is:

Homes and Communities Agency
Arpley House
110 Birchwood Boulevard
Birchwood
Warrington
WA3 7QH

Telephone 0300 1234 500
mail@homesandcommunities.co.uk

VAT no: 941 6200 50

Accessing the website

Access to the Website is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on the Website without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason the Website is unavailable at any time.

From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website, or the entire Website, to users who have registered with us.

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Website. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these terms, and that they comply with them.

Posting on the website

Visitors are able to post comments and rate the content of the Website.  Any such comments are subject to these Terms and Conditions.

You agree that HCA has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages or other communications that you post on the Website.

You acknowledge that you are responsible for any content that you post on the Website and that all communications may be moderated by the HCA. 

You agree not to post on the Website:

  • for any unlawful purpose;
  • to transmit, store or communicate any material which is obscene, offensive, blasphemous, pornographic, unlawful, threatening, menacing, abusive, harmful (particularly to minors), an invasion of privacy, defamatory, libellous, vulgar or otherwise objectionable;
  • to transmit, store or communicate any material which infringes our or any other person’s copyright, trade mark, patent, moral rights or other intellectual property rights of any nature;
  • for commercial purposes including without limitation the publishing or circulation of any promotion, or advertisement, or the solicitation of funds or the sale of goods or services;
  • to transmit, store or communicate material which is likely to have a detrimental effect on our or any other person’s reputation;
  • to harvest content or IP addresses or transmit or communicate any material which contains software, viruses or any other files or programmes that may interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of the Website or server or any other computer or that contains any unsolicited or unauthorised materials, chain letters, junk mail, spam or similar;
  • to transmit, store or communicate any material which is irrelevant to the subject matter;
  • to impersonate or falsely state or misrepresent your association with any entity or person including without limitation the HCA.

HCA reserves the right to remove any message for any reason, including without limitation, any message which is inconsistent with our aim of promoting an inclusive environment. 

By posting a message on the Website you warrant that your message complies with these Terms and Conditions and/or any relevant laws and regulations in force from time to time, and agree to indemnify HCA against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by the HCA as a result of your breach of this warranty.

Data Protection Notification for the Homes and Communities Agency website

The Website is operated by the HCA. Set out below are the HCA´s arrangements for protection of the personal information published on the Website.

At the HCA we are committed to protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information that individuals choose to share with us. Personally identifiable information is information that can be associated with a specific individual, including, for example, name, address, telephone number and email address.

All data collected from users of the Website is protected against unauthorised access. We will only use the personal information you provide in relation to the Website for the following purposes:

  • to send email messages containing HCA news updates to users who have registered for that purpose;
  • to send hard copy publications to users who have requested them and who have provided their address details for that purpose
  • to keep a record of email enquiries received through the website and replies thereto, to ensure that we have a means of responding to our enquirers
  • to keep a record of people who want to access specific information and have registered for that purpose 
  • to collect information from people who would like to apply for jobs with the Homes and Communities Agency and who have registered for that purpose.
  • to contact you about a submission you have made, including any content you provide.

We will not supply the data you provide to us to any third parties without your express consent. It is not our policy to sell information about our users to third parties.

In the event that we decide to change our data protection notification, we will post these changes on an appropriate page on the Website.

As required by the Data Protection Act 1998, we follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information that you have given to us, in order to prevent, as far as possible, any unauthorised access. However, due to the nature of the medium, we are unable to provide any guarantee that information stored by us will not be subject to unauthorised access. Our security procedures mean that we may request proof of identity before we are able to disclose sensitive information to you.

Our  Personal information charter - PDF (170KB) gives more information about how we manage personal details.

Offensive or inappropriate content on the Website

If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on the Website, HCA may use your personal information to stop such behaviour.

Intellectual property rights

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights of the Website, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You may print off copies, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from the Website for your personal reference.

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of material on the Website must always be acknowledged.

You must not use any part of the materials on the Website for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors. Any re-use other than for personal reference, including the reproduction, reutilisation, extraction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication, display or performance of the materials and content on this website is strictly prohibited. If you would like to re-use any of the materials or content, the HCA will consider your application in accordance with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005. You should contact us through our enquiries page or make a written request to

Information Access Officer
Homes and Communities Agency
Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7BN

Please note that charges may apply, however, we will notify you of these charges and confirm your agreement to pay any charges before proceeding.

If you print off, copy or download any part of the Website in breach of these terms of use, your right to use the Website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

Reliance on information posted

Commentary and other materials posted on the Website are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. You should always seek independent and specialist advice on any issues identified as a result of viewing or using the Website. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by any visitor to the Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.

The website changes regularly

We aim to update the Website regularly, and may change the content at any time. If the need arises, we may suspend access to the Website or close it indefinitely. Any of the material on the Website may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.

Our liability

The material displayed on the Website is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, we and third parties connected to us hereby expressly exclude:

All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity.

Any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with the Website or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of the Website, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for: loss of income or revenue, loss of business, loss of profits or contracts, loss of anticipated savings, loss of data, loss of goodwill, wasted management or office time and for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable.

This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Hyperlinks

The Website may provide hyperlinks to other websites. The HCA is not responsible for the availability of such other websites and does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content, products or other materials available on such other websites.  If you choose to follow hyperlinks from the Website you do so at your own risk.

Cookies

The HCA reserves the right to gather information relating to website usage. The website uses a web analytics service, which uses “cookies” (text files placed on your computer) for the purpose of analysing your use of the website. These cookies contain no personal information about the user.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however this may prevent you from downloading certain information from the website. For more information, please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org

Please read our full policy and further information about our use of cookies.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

You must not misuse the Website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Website, the server on which the Website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the Website. You must not attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Website will cease immediately.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of the Website or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

Linking to the website

You may link to the Website, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

You must not establish a link to the Website from any website not owned by you.  However, notwithstanding this you may establish links to popular social and business networking sites (for example Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn) on the condition that such a link is only on any page or feed administered by you (i.e. your own page or feed).

The Website must not be framed on any other site. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

If you wish to make any use of material on the Website other than that set out above, please submit an enquiry.

Jurisdiction and applicable law

The English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to the Website. These terms of use are governed by English law.

Variations

We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in these terms of use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on the Website.

Your concerns

If you have any concerns about material which appears on the Website, please submit them through our enquiries page or in writing to our Maple House address.

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