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House clearance and collections terms and conditions

About us

We are Lewis-Manning Hospice Care (Retail) Ltd, a company registered in England under company number 02734333 and with our registered office at 56 Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JD. Our VAT number is 907796088.

Basis of sale

The whole of the agreement between the customer and Lewis-Manning shall be set out in these terms and conditions to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions.

Where we can provide a quote for our services without first needing to inspect the location where our services are to be provided then a contract shall be created between us on your acceptance of our quote, whether by telephone or email or otherwise.

We reserve the right to vary our quoted price if at the time of collection the information you provided to us at the time of quotation was incomplete or inaccurate. We reserve the right to vary any quoted price if, during the process of the collection, new information regarding the nature of the items becomes apparent whether or not this could have been ascertained at the start of the process. Any cost provided in advance of the collection will normally be an estimate only.

Provision of services

Unless we are prevented from doing so by a Force Majeure Event, we will provide services with reasonable care and skill.

We will make every effort to provide the services on removal dates provided but there may be delays due to circumstances beyond our control. In this case we will inform you to arrange a revised collection date as soon as reasonably possible. Where we provide you with an estimated time of arrival this should not be construed as offering any form of guarantee as to the time upon which we will attend to perform the collection.

You shall provide our employees with free and safe access to the location on the premises from where the items are to be removed. You shall also notify us of any special circumstances which may be relevant to our quotation, including but not limited to, if the items are difficult to get to, if any items are large or heavy, if it involves our staff working at height, if the items are secured, if there is likely to be a dispute as to whether the items can be cleared, or if we are unable to park free of charge outside the premises where the items are to be collected from. If you do not, or you provide us with incomplete or inaccurate information or instructions, we may cancel a collection at any time, either on attendance at site or by giving you notice, or we may make an additional charge of a reasonable sum to cover any extra work or costs that are required.

If we attend the premises in your absence you undertake to provide us with the reliable means to contact you and take payment prior to the collection proceeding. Failure to do so may result in the collection failing in which circumstances Lewis-Manning Hospice (Retail) Ltd is not to be held liable for any loss or damage howsoever incurred.

You confirm that you have the full authority for us to collect and dispose of the items. You shall indemnify us from and against any cost or expense we suffer or incur from any third party as a result of your not having the authority for us to clear the items including any containers.

If we detect or suspect there may be any asbestos, syringes, drug paraphernalia or other hazardous or dangerous substances or materials on site we may at our sole discretion, immediately vacate the premises, and will not be responsible for further collection and disposal. In such circumstances you shall still be fully liable to pay for our attendance in full and for any items already removed.

If we need to engage expert services to remove such materials already loaded onto our trucks, or having been tipped at a transfer station, we reserve the right to charge you for such services, if at the time of removal we were unaware of any asbestos or other hazardous or dangerous substances or materials in what has been removed. You shall indemnify us from and against any cost or expense we suffer or incur from any third party as a result of us transferring hazardous material to a transfer station where we were unaware of the presence of such material at the time of the transfer.

Any sharp or dangerous objects e.g. knives and broken glass should be separately stored in an appropriate container by you before we arrive for the collection. Under no circumstances should sharp objects be stored in bags. This requirement is for the safety of our staff.

Payment and price

All prices are subject to VAT.

Our primary pricing method is to charge for each collection by attendance fee and then by the cubic yard weighing cumulatively up to a fixed amount per cubic yard taken as an average over the whole collection. As it is impossible to weigh items in situ, the price quoted may be based solely on our visual estimate of the weight of the items to be removed. Such weights may be determined accurately in retrospect by way of a transfer station weighbridge ticket and subject to agreement the price may be varied in retrospect. The customer must request such an arrangement in advance of the removal of the items so as to allow for the items removed to be kept separate from other items for the purposed of weighing, and a collection on these terms will not always be available.

In addition, an attendance fee will be taken at the time of booking. In consideration of this payment a vehicle will attend the site where the items are located, however the payment does not guarantee that any work will be carried out. This fee is for attendance only, and no amount of items removal is included.

Payment must be made at the time of booking the collection. In the event payment is not made we reserve the right to cancel the booking or charge interest on any unpaid balance at the rate of 8% above the base rate as set from time to time by The Bank of England. We do not assume ownership of any items collected until payment for the collection has been made or a gift aid declaration is used in conjunction with an Agency Agreement to be valid for Gift Aid purposes

We may invoice you at any time after we have provided the services. Invoices must be paid within 7 calendar days of the date of the invoice save by prior agreement. Invoices to customers who do not have a prior credit account arrangement with Lewis-Manning are due to be paid upon receipt.

Time for payment of our invoices shall be of the essence of the contract.

We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time without notice if, in our sole opinion, the customer or any representative or agent of the customer has been, or is suspected of having been party to bribery, corruption, illegal practices, solicitation of companies that hold accounts with Lewis-Manning, solicitation or offers of employment to current Lewis-Manning staff or any other act that may be considered by us to be to the detriment of Lewis-Manning Hospice (Retail) Ltd.

You shall pay all amounts due in full without any deduction or withholding except as required by law and you shall not be entitled to assert any credit, set-off or counterclaim against us in order to justify withholding payment of any such amount in whole or in part. Should any amount due become over 7 days overdue then we reserve the right to require immediate payment of all amounts due regardless of the due date on the invoice.

Cancellations and charges

We may, at our discretion refund the booking fee if you wish to cancel a booked collection provided such a request to do so is received at any time on the business day preceding the date of the collection by email sent to house.clearance@lewis-manning.org.uk or by telephoning our customer support.

Where you may be deemed to be contracting as a “consumer” then you will additionally have the right to cancel a booking at any time up to the end of fourteen days after the day on which the contract is concluded, subject to the following provisions.

(a) You do not have the right to cancel the contract if the supply of our services begins with your agreement before the end of the fourteen-day cancellation period. It is assumed we have your agreement if we are required to carry out our work within this period.

(b) To exercise the statutory right of cancellation, you must provide us with written notice.

If we are unable to remove any items from the premises as, for example, they are too large to fit through the doorways, then if we agree, in our discretion, to try and dismantle the item e.g. remove legs from tables, in order to try and get the item to fit through the doorway, if we are still unable to remove the item from the premises, then we shall not be responsible for the reassembly of such an item.

We allocate 5 minutes for removal to our vehicle for each cubic yard of items at the premises specified together with 5 minutes for our vehicle team to make their initial assessment of the job. Where it takes us longer than the allocated time for the allocated amount of storage space on a truck (which may differ from the amount of space it takes up when stored) we reserve the right to charge for each additional minute of labour at such rates as displayed on the Company’s website from time to time.

If in the sole judgement of our vehicle team the weight of the collection exceeds the weight allowance per cubic yard, we reserve the right to charge for the whole collection by weight.

‘Difficult items’ (including but not limited to fridges and car tires) are charged at such rates as agreed from time to time.

Projected time for the collection, and measurements of weight and volume are all assessed by our vehicle team at their absolute discretion at the start of the collection. We reserve the right to apply additional charges throughout the job and at its conclusion.

Limitation of liability

Lewis-Manning will accept no liability for the implied legality of any service that we carry out. No opinion or purported advice offered by any Lewis-Manning employee or agent should be relied upon in the assessment of legal compliance. By carrying out any service as instructed by a customer we do not convey any warranty of legality of the service in any way. The customer should ensure that any instructions given to us are lawful and the customer agrees to indemnify Lewis-Manning against any losses or liabilities arising from dispute of property or any other legal dispute.

This clause does not exclude or limit in any way our liability for (a) death or personal injury caused by our negligence; (b) fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or (c) any breach of the obligations implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 or section 2 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.

Subject to the preceding, under no circumstances whatsoever shall we be liable to you, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or any indirect or consequential loss arising under or in connection with the contract; and (b) our total liability to you in respect of all other losses arising under or in connection with the contract, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed the price of our services under the contract in question.

Due to the nature of the service we cannot guarantee that no damage to property will occur during the clearance process. The customer should inspect the working area once our clearance is complete and notify the team of any damage before the team have left the site. Any such damage must also be notified in writing to Lewis-Manning within 7 days of completion of the site clearance. We will not accept liability for any damage that is not notified to us within this time.

Events outside our control

We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under these Terms that is caused by events outside our reasonable control (Force Majeure Event).

A Force Majeure Event includes any act, event, non-occurrence, omission or accident beyond our reasonable control and includes, in particular (without limitation), the following (a) civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war; (b) fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster; (c) impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; (d) impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks.

Our obligations under these Terms are suspended for the period that the Force Majeure Event continues, and we will extend the time to perform these obligations for the duration of that period. We will take reasonable steps to bring the Force Majeure Event to a close or to find a solution by which our obligations under these Terms can be performed despite the Force Majeure Event.

Termination

We may terminate the arrangement between us at any time.

Termination will not affect either party’s outstanding rights or duties, including our right to recover from you any money you owe us under these Terms.

Assignment

You may not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms to another person without our prior written consent, which we will not withhold unreasonably. We can transfer all or any of our rights and obligations under these Terms to another organisation, but this will not affect your rights under these Terms.

Notices

All notices sent by you to us must be sent to us at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care (Retail) Ltd, at our registered office at 56 Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JD and or email to house.clearance@Lewis-Manning.org.uk. We may give notice to you at either the e-mail or postal address you provide to us at the time of booking. Notice will be deemed received and properly served 24 hours after an e-mail is sent or three days after the date of posting of any letter. In proving the service of any notice, it will be sufficient to prove, in the case of a letter, that the letter was properly addressed, stamped and placed in the post and, in the case of an email that the email was sent to the specified e-mail address of the addressee.

Data protection and privacy policy

At Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and our Privacy Policy, together with our website Terms and Conditions states how we collect data, how we store it and how we use it.

Our Privacy Policy explains when and why we collect personal information, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure and can be found at lewis-manning.org.uk/privacy-policy/

Privacy Policy & Notices – Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

General

If any court or competent authority decides that any of the provisions of these Terms are invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, the term will, to that extent only, be severed from the remaining terms, which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.

If we fail, at any time while these Terms are in force, to insist that you perform any of your obligations under these Terms, or if we do not exercise any of our rights or remedies under these Terms, that will not mean that we have waived such rights or remedies and will not mean that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If we do waive a default by you that will not mean that we will automatically waive any subsequent default by you. No waiver by us of any of these Terms shall be effective unless we expressly say that it is a waiver and we tell you so in writing.

A person who is not party to these Terms shall not have any rights under or in connection with them under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

These Terms shall be governed by English law and you and we both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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