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 TERMS OF USE, PRIVACY & COOKIES

TERMS OF USE

By using this site and our services you are agreeing to our Terms of Use.  Flatshares UK website, feeds, and Facebook pages are 'open' pages available to both public and real estate partners to post their data, without editorial or verification by Flatshares UK. Neither we, nor our parent company Sparkle Agency, are responsible for the content, or accuracy or veracity of any of the information, images, or offers provided on them, or the content of third party websites linking to or hosting content for our feeds.  

Flatshares UK are not responsible for any direct or consequential loss howsoever caused by any party acting or interacting with that data whether accessed directly from this site or via Facebook or through any of our real estate partners. Publication of data on Flatshares UK does not imply or infer our recommendation or endorsement of the real estate, service, product or provider.  

Flatshares UK recieves commission payments from real estate partners and advertisers for services and products purchased from them.  This revenue enables us to keep our services free for customers - so please don't block our advertisers from your browser, whitelisting or excluding our website from browser advert blocking software helps ensure we can operate a no-cost service

FLATSHARE SAFETY & COMMON SENSE

Flatsharing can be a rewarding and liberating experience and it's easy to get carried away with the excitement particularly if this is your first flat.  But it's important to realise that not everyone is as honest and above board as you are and you should carry out your own due diligence, keep your sensible head on,and exercise the usual precautions in any financial or personal dealings - 'buyer beware' is good advice that never goes out of fashion.

If a flat sounds too good to be true it probably is, get an objective opinion from somone you trust if you have doubts, trust your gut feeling if the flatshare or circumstance doesn't feel 'right'.  Flat too cheap for the area or the size/decor? Be suspicious and carry out some discrete checks with local estate/letting agents, neighbours etc.

Meeting with potential flatmates, landlords or lodgers is no different from meeting any other stranger - be safe, be mindful of your environment, where you are meeting and how you will travel back from the meeting if in the evening.  Look at the address on Google Streetview before you go (that might save you a journey too if the property is dreadfu)l.  Female flatsharers in particular are advised to take the usual safety precautions - take a friend to see your flat, try and meet in daylight, tell people where you are are going, take your mobile and pre-arrange a phone call with someone you trust.  Take specific notice of how the flatshare is advertised - is it through an agent or has it been posted by an individual.

Read up on flat let and rental scams and be prepared to stand your ground on deposits and rents - don't pay over large amounts of cash, or use unsecure payment methods like Western Union, beware of landlords not willing to use tenancy agreement or the tenancy deposit scheme - and ALWAYS ALWAYS view the flat before parting with money/moving in.

More advice HERE and HERE, on plenty more on Google.

PRIVACY

This website does not collect personal details or retain any personal info about our visitors or customers, we will, by necessity, request and collect some information about you if you contact using our contact form or by email this information is only actively used for the duration of the enquiry and for any matters arising from that enquiry, we reserve the right to retain that information passively in our company records for our accounting, tax or insurance records.  We treat your personal data with respect and will keep it safely, and not sell or disclose it to third parties, unless required by lawful process.  All property and roommate related data is maintained by the agents or partners we operate with, not by Flatshares UK

We use social networks Facebook, Google+1, Twitter, LinkedIn, AddThis, and Pinterest to provide social sharing and interaction unique to Flatshares UK - these networks by their very nature request and share some personal data when you join and use them actively.  For details of their privacy policies please see their own websites and terms and conditions of service.

COOKIES

The EU Cookie Directive law requires that you are given information on how cookies are used on our websites and consent to cookies being stored on your computer and portable devices. A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access a website. Typically they contain the following information; a website name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects.

When you visit most websites for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if you have visited before and tells the website making your interaction with frequently-visited sites and pages smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies online shopping would be much harder, websites would take longer to load and many useful interactive features wouldn't be available.

We use cookies for a number of website and business functions. If you choose to use our website you must consent to the use of cookies using the consent form at the top of the page the first time you visit the website.

This website uses First Party session cookies that expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome etc). These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what page you were on, ensuring you are not seeing duplicate content and also to count page visits.

Our real estate partners and advertisers use Third Party cookies to track and compensate us for our services used and any purchases made on their websites. Advertising and partner revenue allows us to keep the services we provide to customers free of charge - without their cookies we couldn't do that!  We also use third party cookies from services such as Google to better understand how our website is used and viewed - counting page visits, how much time is spent on each page, and the type of browser and operating system being used (but not any personal information)

Our social media partners - particularly Facebook and AddThis also use Third Party cookies to operate the social media sharing and linking services that make Flatshares UK unique - this is a fundamental part of our website and it would not function without them, and lastly we also use a cookie from our consent form to record that you have consented to the use of cookies!!

Further information on cookies can be found HERE and HERE.

CREDITS & THANKS

Big thanks to the following Spike at SparkleDESIGN for the website design and SEO, Canstock Photo Inc for additional photography (use of any models does not imply their personal endorsement of our website or product). Particularly we would like to thank the team at Spareroom.com for helping us to get started on this venture, and the phenomenon that is Facebook that has allowed us to really put the sharing into flat sharing!

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