Non Discrimination Policy

Non-discrimination Policy

 

 

Purpose

Homversity.com at its core is a website of students for students. Our aim is to help students find, book and enjoy the best places to stay, and property owners (hereinafter referred to as hosts) to showcase their properties to get easily discovered in the right way. 

 

We are focused on building a reality where individuals from every background feel welcome and respected, regardless of how far they have come from home and to ensure equality to every individual by warrant against all forms of social discrimination. We embrace diversity and respect the personal dignity of our fellow guests.

 

Homversity.com respects the personal dignity, privacy and personal rights of every guest and is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination and harassment. Therefore, hosts must not discriminate on the basis of origin, nationality, religion, race, gender, age or sexual orientation, or engage in any kind of verbal or physical harassment based on any of the above or any other reason.

 

 

Specific Guidance for Hosts within the Union of India

Homversity.com recognizes and adheres to the fundamental rights as envisaged under the Constitution of India. As a general matter, we will familiarize ourselves with all applicable state and local laws that apply to house and places of public accommodation. Hosts should contact Homversity.com if they have any questions about their obligations to comply with this Non-discrimination Policy. Guided by these principles, our host community will follow these rules when considering potential guests and hosting guests:

Caste, Race, Ethnicity, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Marital Status

  • Hosts may not:
    • Decline a guest based on caste, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
    • Impose any different terms or conditions based on race, caste, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
    • Post any listing or make any statement that discourages or indicates a preference for or against any guest on account of caste, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
  • Hosts may not:
    • Decline to rent to a guest based on gender.
    • Impose any different terms or conditions based on gender unless the host shares living spaces with the guest.
    • Post any listing or make any statement that discourages or indicates a preference for or against any guest on account of gender, unless the host shares living spaces with the guest.
  • Hosts may not:
    • Decline a guest based on any actual or perceived disability.
    • Impose any different terms or conditions based on the fact that the guest has a disability.
    • Substitute their own judgment about whether a unit meets the needs of a guest with a disability for that of the prospective guest.
    • Inquire about the existence or severity of a guest’s disability, or the means used to accommodate any disability. If, however, a potential guest raises his or her disability, a host may, and should, discuss with the potential guest whether the listing meets the potential guest’s needs.
    • Prohibit or limit the use of mobility devices.
    • Charge more in rent or other fees for guests with disabilities.
    • Post any listing or make any statement that discourages or indicates a preference for or against any guest on account of the fact that the guest has a disability.
    • Refuse to communicate with guests through accessible means that are available, including relay operators (for people with hearing impairments) and e-mail (for people with vision impairments using screen readers).
    • Refuse to provide reasonable accommodations, including flexibility when guests with disabilities request modest changes in your house rules, such as bringing an assistant that is necessary because of the disability or using an available parking space near the unit. When a guest requests such an accommodation, the host and the guest should engage in a dialogue to explore mutually agreeable ways to ensure the unit meets the guest’s needs.
  • Hosts may:
    • Provide factually accurate information about the unit’s accessibility features (or lack of them), allowing for guests with disabilities to assess for themselves whether the unit is appropriate to their individual needs.

Personal Preferences

  • Hosts may:
    • Except as noted above, hosts may decline to rent based on factors that are not prohibited by law. For example, except where prohibited by law, hosts may decline to rent guests with pets, or to guests who smoke and/or drink, etc..
    • Nothing in this policy prevents a host from turning down a guest on the basis of a characteristic that is not protected under the civil rights laws or closely associated with a protected class. For example, a host may turn down a guest who wants to smoke and/or drink in a unit or place limits on the number of guests in a unit.

When guests are turned down. Hosts should keep in mind that no one likes to be turned down. While a host may have, and articulate, lawful and legitimate reasons for turning down a potential guest, it may cause that member of our community to feel unwelcome or excluded. Hosts should make every effort to be welcoming to guests of all backgrounds. Hosts who demonstrate a pattern of rejecting guests from a protected class (even while articulating legitimate reasons) undermine the strength of our community by making potential guests feel unwelcome and Homversity.com may suspend hosts who have demonstrated such a pattern from the website.