Membership Agreement

Welcome to the CT Property Owners Alliance! We are glad you have decided to join our property owner community and we look forward to your participation. Before you begin, however, we ask that you review this Membership Agreement because you must agree to its terms to become a Member. It is important that you understand both the services we provide as well as your obligations.

The CT Property Owners Alliance (hereafter referred to as CTPOA) consists of CTPOA.com, any other Web site that we identify as a part of CTPOA, the mobile versions of our websites, any apps that we offer, content from our Web site that we offer for display on third-party web sites or apps. Membership Agreement is an agreement between you and the CT Property Owners Alliance, LLC (referred to in this Membership Agreement as “CTPOA,” “us,” “our” and “we”). This Membership Agreement applies to the various communication and personalization tools and services offered on the CT Property Owners Alliance that are part of our “community” (the “Community Services”).

While all of the content on CTPOA is available to all visitors to the CT Property Owners Alliance, participation in our Community Services is only available to visitors who sign up as Members by agreeing to be bound by this Membership Agreement.

CTPOA requires that a visitor be not less than 18 years old in order to become a Member. Accordingly, by accepting the terms of this Membership Agreement and signing up as a Member you are representing to us that you meet this age requirement.

As used in this Membership Agreement:

“Members” means you (when you have accepted this Membership Agreement) and the other members of CTPOA.

You acknowledge and agree that by accepting this Membership Agreement and completing the registration process, you are becoming a member of CTPOA and are agreeing to the following:

General

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion and at any time, to make changes to this Membership Agreement and our other policies concerning the use of the Community Services. We also reserve the right, in our sole discretion and at any time, to waive or modify any of the terms of this Membership. Changes will be effective when made and the updated Membership Agreement (or applicable policy) is posted on the CTPOA website; provided, however, that no such change shall be applicable to any dispute between you and us that arises prior to the time such change is effective. As described below, any Member who violates this Membership Agreement may be banned permanently from using our website and other benefits of membership including attending meetings, seminars and using our vendor network. CTPOA reserves and retains all rights and remedies provided by law or equity to redress any violation of this Membership Agreement.

If any provision of this Membership Agreement shall be deemed invalid, void or for any other reason unenforceable, that provision shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the balance of this Membership Agreement.

Any content submitted by you to us that does not require you to first become a Member — for example, the submission of a letter to our editors, to our social media pages or blog, or a submittal directly to our staff of feedback, errors, questions or comments — is not governed by this Membership Agreement. However, those items are “Visitor-Submitted Content” and are governed by the terms of our Visitor Agreement that applies to Members as well as to all other visitors to CTPOA. We encourage you to review our Visitor Agreement, which is incorporated in and a part of this Membership Agreement. (Accordingly, by becoming a Member you are agreeing to be bound by the Visitor Agreement, and accordingly a violation by you of the Visitor Agreement would also constitute a violation of this Membership Agreement.)

Misrepresentation

You affirm that you are not a member of law enforcement, state committee, or representative of any investigative body joining this Community for investigatory purposes or under false pretenses.

Communications

You agree and do hereby give us permission to contact you by email through any email service such as; Constant Contact. You further agree not to make any such communication as “SPAM”

Member Identification and Use of Registration Data

As part of the registration process, we select your email address as your username and assign you an initial password that we email to you once your Membership Application Request is received. You agree to register only once and may upgrade your membership level at any time. The information that you supply during the registration process must be accurate and complete and you agree you will not (i) register on behalf of another person; (ii) register under the name of another person or under a fictional name or alias; (iii) choose a username that constitutes or suggests an impersonation of any other person (real or fictitious) or entity or that you are a representative of an entity when you are not, or that is offensive; (iv) choose a username for the purposes of deceiving or misleading as to your true identity; or (v) choose a username that incorporates a solicitation.

For more information regarding our privacy policy, please review our Privacy Statement, which provides that under certain circumstances we may reveal what we know about you.

Keeping Your Personal Information Private

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You are responsible for all usage and activity in the Community Services through your username and password, including use of your username and password by any third party. Your account is unique to you and may not be transferred to any third party. You should contact us with any known or suspected unauthorized use of your username and password.

Member Conduct

We do not tolerate Members harassing, threatening or embarrassing other Members, including harassment or denigration based on age, gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability, marital status or veteran status, or the stalking of other Members (“cyber-stalking”). You agree not to engage in this behavior.

Illegal and Objectionable Activities

We do not allow the promotion of illegal conduct or activities or fraudulent.

Rights of Third Parties

You may not harvest or collect information about other Members from CTPOA, including usernames, or use that information for the purpose of sending unsolicited bulk communications. You may not use or provide to any person or entity, whether or not for a fee, any directory of or information regarding other Members.

Promotions and Solicitations

You agree that, except with our prior consent, you will not upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise use any Community Service to make or distribute any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, contests, sweepstakes, survey requests or promotional materials or implore visitors to take actions that are intended to further a personal purpose. You agree you will not use information supplied within the Community Services to do any of the foregoing, by email or any other method. You agree to not gather public email addresses from Member profiles for any purpose.

Ideas Submitted to CTPOA

From time to time, we provide opportunities for Members and other visitors to submit to us ideas and improvements related to CTPOA Web sites, services, campaigns, social-media efforts and technology in general.

You agree that: (1) your submission and your expression of your ideas and/or improvements will automatically become the property of and owned by CTPOA; (2) CTPOA may use or redistribute your submission and its contents for any purpose and in any way and without any restrictions; (3) there is no obligation for CTPOA to review any submission; (4) there is no obligation to keep any submission confidential, and (5) CTPOA shall have no obligation to you or contract with you, implied or otherwise.

You grant to us and our designees a perpetual, irrevocable, fully assignable and sub-licensable, non-exclusive fully-paid up and royalty free license to use any ideas, expression of ideas or other materials you submit (collectively, “Materials”) to us, without restrictions of any kind and without any payment or other consideration of any kind, or permission or notification, to you or any third party. The license shall include, without limitation, the irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, create prepare derivative works from, combine with other works, modify, alter, adapt, edit, reformat, translate, distribute copies, display, perform, provide to third parties, license the Materials, and all rights therein, in the name of CTPOA.com, Inc. or its designees throughout the universe in perpetuity in any and all media now or hereafter known.

You are also granting to us the non-exclusive right to seek, to enjoin and/or obtain damages from any third party from the unauthorized use or reproduction of the Materials, and you waive any “moral rights” in the Materials.

You acknowledge and agree that the relationship between you and CTPOA.com is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship. We shall have the right, but not the obligation, to use your name, likeness, biography and other information about you in connection with any use of the Materials you submit.

By making a submission, you acknowledge and agree that we and our designees may create on our own or obtain many submissions that may be similar or identical to the Materials you submit through Forums or other channels and means. You hereby waive any and all claims you may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that the Materials accepted, reviewed and/or used by us and our designees may be similar to your Materials.

CTPOA shall have the exclusive option to purchase from you and acquire all right, title and interest, including, without limitation, any copyrights and other intellectual property law in and to the Materials you submit, which rights shall include, without limitation, the irrevocable right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, combine with other works, alter, translate, distribute copies, display, perform, license and apply for copyright registration for any or all of the Materials, and all rights therein, in the name of CTPOA.com, Inc. or its designees throughout the universe in perpetuity in any and all media now or hereafter known.

The option shall be exercisable by us from the date you submit the Materials until 2 years from that date. If we exercise the option, you agree to accept payment in the amount of $1000 USD or value in kind at our discretion, and you agree to execute, acknowledge and deliver such other instruments consistent with an assignment of the intellectual property as may be reasonably necessary to carry out or effectuate the purposes or intent of the assignment of the Materials.

Your Use of our Trade Names

You understand that you may use our “Trade Names” solely for the purposes of identifying your membership in CTPOA — and for no other purpose. You acknowledge that we own and reserve all right, title and interest in and to our Trade Names, and that we reserve the right to disapprove any use by you or by others of our Trade Names. You agree that if requested by us, you will promptly terminate all use of any of our Trade Names, and that we may so request if any use of any of our Trade Names is not in accordance with the terms of this Membership Agreement, does not meet the high standards of quality established by CTPOA.com with respect to the use of our Trade Names, or would expose CTPOA.com to any risk of liability or loss.

You agree not to (i) take any actions that would adversely affect our rights in our Trade Names, or (ii) file any application or other document with any governmental authority to register any corporate name, trade name, trademark, service mark, certification mark, collective mark or other similar designation that includes any of our Trade Names or any confusingly similar names, or (iii) take any other action that is inconsistent with our rights in our Trade Names (or aid or abet any third person in doing so).

Termination of Membership

Please be aware that your membership may be revoked if you fail to abide by the terms of this Membership Agreement. In the event this should occur, you agree not to re-register as a Member of CTPOA. Furthermore, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to take action — technical, legal or otherwise — to block, nullify or deny your ability to submit Member Generated Content, or MGC. You understand that we may exercise this right in our sole discretion.

We also reserve the right to disable or terminate a Member’s account, without notice, if there is a period of extended inactivity.

If your membership is terminated or deactivated by us, your MGC may be deleted and your username may be given to another Member without notice to you.

Non-Competition

For a period of two (2) years after the date the Member ceases to belong to CTPOA, the Member shall not, directly or indirectly through any other person or entity, whether individually or in conjunction with any other person, or as an Employee, Contractor, or Consultant, Agent, Representative, Partner or Holder of any interest in any other person or entity or in any other capacity whatsoever (i) engage in the sale, marketing, manufacturing or distribution of Landlord Advocacy, Landlord Education, and Vendor Services or products, anywhere in the states of Connecticut or Massachusetts; (ii) solicit, recruit or hire any Member, Employee, Contractor, or Consultant of CTPOA to work for a third party other than CTPOA or engage in any activity that would cause any Member, Employee, Contractor, or Consultant to violate any agreement with CTPOA; (iii) induce or influence, or seek to induce or influence, any Member, account, client, customer, Employee, Contractor, or Consultant, agent, independent contractor, insurance company or any other person or entity which has a business relationship with CTPOA (each a “Business Affiliate”) to withdraw, terminate or curtail its relationship with CTPOA; (iv) Make any disparaging comment to any present, past or prospective Business Affiliate of CTPOA, or any other person or entity engaged in a similar or competitive business, or take any other act of any sort, which is intended to adversely impact the business of CTPOA.

Community Security; Violations of Law

Violations of system and network security are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability. Examples of system and network security violations include the following:

  • Any automated use of the system
  • Use of software that allows your account to stay logged on while you are not actively using the account
  • Unauthorized access to or use of data, systems or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without the express authorization of the owner of the system or network

We may investigate incidents involving such violations, any violations of this Membership Agreement that may constitute or have the potential to constitute violations of law, and any activity by Members on CTPOA that constitute or may constitute violations of law. You understand that we may report any such activity to, and cooperate with, law enforcement, with or without receipt by us of a subpoena or other legal process.

Representations and Warranties

You represent and warrant to us that all of the information provided by you to us to register as a Member and that you have all necessary right, power and authority to enter into this Membership Agreement, to perform the acts required of you hereunder in accordance with the requirements of this Membership Agreement.

Damages; Indemnification

You agree that you will be responsible for any damages resulting from any violation of this Membership Agreement. You further agree to indemnify and hold CTPOA.com and our subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your violation of this Membership Agreement, or any breach of any representation made by you in this Membership Agreement, or any violation of any law or the rights of a third party (including any right of publicity, right of privacy, intellectual property right, or any other proprietary right) that occurs in connection with your use of the Community Services.

Choice of Law and Forum; Attorneys’ Fees

This Membership Agreement and the rights of the parties herein shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Connecticut, excluding its conflicts of law or rules. You agree that, unless expressly waived by us or we bring an action in a different jurisdiction, the exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or action arising out of or relating to this Membership Agreement, the Community Services, or your or any Member’s use of or participation in the Community Services shall be in the state or federal courts located in the County of New Haven, State of Connecticut, and you further (i) agree not to file or bring any claim or action in a different jurisdiction, and (ii) agree and submit to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating any such claim or action. You also agree that in the event of any action to enforce or interpret this Membership Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to collect its reasonable attorney fees.

Miscellaneous

Any modifications to this Membership Agreement must be made in a writing executed by both parties. Any notices to CTPOA must be sent to CTPOA, 161 North Main Street, Waterbury, CT  06702 sent via first class or air mail or overnight courier. Any unenforceable provision of this Membership Agreement shall be modified to reflect the parties’ intention and only to the extent necessary to make it enforceable and the remaining provisions of this Membership Agreement shall remain in full effect.