Legal Matters

Welcome to the Open Your Heart, Open Your Home „Portal“. By registering with and using this website, you agree to become a member of a portal which allows you to access a database posted by other members in order that members can contact one another for the purpose of facilitating temporary living quarters for those affected by the ongoing crisis in Japan (Stand: March 2011).

The Portal’s service is limited to providing members a database of information. No monies shall be exchanged for the use of living quarters.

This service is only available to those over the age of 18. If you register for this website, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement.

We, the Portal owners, reserve the right to amend, remove, or add to these terms and conditions at any time without notice, effective immediately. In this agreement:

„Portal“ refers to the website Open Your Heart, Open Your Home

“Member” refers to a registered user of this website

„Sponsor“ refers to those offering to open their home to Japanese residents

„Guest“ refers to those Japanese using services offered by a Sponsor

„Members“ refers to both Sponsors and Guests


  • Information on this Portal is solely for the purpose of arranging living opportunities between Sponsor and Guest.
  • The Portal’s responsibility is limited to publishing listings on the website.
  • The Portal relies on the integrity of members and does not screen them in any way.
  • The Portal does not verify the existence or content of any property or persons and does not guarantee the finding of living quarters or guests.
  • The Portal is not responsible for the accuracy of the listings, the actions of members, content, or availability of information.
  • Members of Portal services are solely responsibility for any and all agreements reached through use of this site.
  • The Portal is not responsible for any damage whatsoever.


As a user of this site, you agree:

  • To accurately describe the housing opportunity including location, type, number and size of rooms. Any photos must be of the property offered, unless otherwise indicated.
  • You will not advertise, buy or sell products or services on this website. 
  • You will not upload or transmit any files that contain viruses, corrupted files, Trojan horses, malicious code, or any other similar software or programs.
  • You are responsible for investigating claims by Sponsors and Guests.
  • You understand that the operators of the Portal assume no responsibility and in no way guarantee the accuracy of the information contained in the website.
  • You will not post any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, offensive, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, or illegal material.
  • Anyone not adhering to the code of conduct or misusing the site will be expelled as a member without prior notice and at our sole discretion.
  • The Portal may also terminate any listing or membership at any time for any other reason or for no reason at all.
  • Any personal information you provide will be stored on computers and/or servers. You consent to the use of this information, which allows you access to the service.


If a dispute arises between any member or user of the site, any legal action will be brought exclusively in Düsseldorf, Germany, in accordance and the laws of Germany.

By using or continuing to use the services of this website, I agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.