Oak Frames Direct LLP T/A The Porch Specialist of Coldharbour Studios, Woods Corner, East Sussex, TN21 9LQ. Tel 01424 838606 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Company Registered in England No. OC345590, Registered Office: 30-34 North Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1DW
The person, company or organisation purchasing goods or services from ‘The Company’, as shall be entered within the ‘customer’ section of all Company sales order / e-commerce / invoice documentation.
Overview of Terms & Conditions
These terms and conditions shall apply to the sale and supply of oak frame porches and associated products by ‘The Company’, to ‘The Customer’. ‘The Company’ operates a good practice policy and its’ terms and conditions are regulated by ‘The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000’, the ‘Sale of Goods Act 1979’ and other statutory instruments. This document contains references to these regulations and has been supported with background information gained from the web sites of related parties as follows; OFT (Office of Fair Trading), DTI (Department of Trade & Industry) and Trading Standards Central.
Any order placed by ‘The Customer’ whether in person, by telephone, by mail or online (e-commerce) shall form a legally binding contract of sale, thus whilst these terms are extensive they are given to define and protect the due rights of both ‘The Customer’ and ‘The Company’.
1) PLACEMENT OF ORDER
1.1 It is the responsibility of ‘The Customer’ to ensure that they have obtained any necessary planning permission and/or Building Control consent which may affect ‘The Customers’ ability to install or use the product.
1.2 ‘The Customer’ should ensure that they are fully aware of what further costs may need to be incurred with other parties on the building in addition to the oak frame itself from ‘The Company’. These costs may include planning, Building Control, groundworks, assembly of the oak frame, decoration, roofing, electrics etc.
1.3 ‘The Customer’ is responsible for providing all necessary information needed by ‘The Company’ to process their order to ‘The Customers’ specification and requirements. This will include the specification of the porch required, details of any partitions, joinery, roof or other options, the full address (including postcode) for delivery of the building, full contact details for ‘The Customer’ and any other relevant information regarding the oak frame porch specification, delivery restrictions or requirements and timing.
1.3 An order will not be deemed as accepted by ‘The Company’ until a written confirmation is given by ‘The Company’ to ‘The Customer’ confirming the order details and expected date of delivery. If all information necessary for ‘The Company’ to process ‘The Customer’ order has been provided, written confirmation will normally be dispatched to the customer within 7 working days. Should no response be received by ‘The Customer’ within 7 working days, ‘the Customer’ should contact ‘The Company’ to confirm whether the order has been received.
2) RETENTION OF TITLE / COPYRIGHT
2.1 Legal ownership of any goods supplied remains with ‘The Company’, until such time that cleared funds of the full order value has been received from ‘The Customer’.
2.2 Should the ‘The Customer’ obtain goods prior to full payment, ‘The Customer’ accepts that ‘The Company’ retains the right to demand and receive immediate settlement of all outstanding monies prior to transfer of legal ownership, or the ‘The Customer’ grants ‘The Company’ unrestricted access to reclaim the goods, at which point the order cancellation process referred to in section 8 shall be instigated. The saleable condition of the goods prior to any reclaim is the sole responsibility of ‘The Customer’.
2.3 Copyright of all plans, designs and information about the porch configuration remains with ‘The Company’. Copies of such plans may be passed to relevant third parties by ‘The Customer’ for the purpose of assisting in obtaining planning permission or in construction of the porch or to subsequent owners of the porch.
3.1 All prices shown upon ‘The Company’ literature and this web site are shown in British Pounds Sterling.
3.2 Prices shown on ‘The Company’ web site are inclusive of the current prevailing rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) at the time of publication. ‘The Company’ VAT registration No is 971 6142 17.
3.3 An extra delivery charge will apply dependent upon the postcode area where the goods are to be delivered as shown on ‘The Company’ pricelist.
3.4 Both ‘The Company’ prices and UK government VAT rate are reviewed from time to time and therefore before placing their order ‘The Customer’ should always confirm the current prevailing price (including delivery and VAT) by obtaining a written quotation for the goods from ‘The Company’ which will clearly state how long the quoted price remains valid.
3.5 Should ‘The Customer’ accept our order pricing offered under 3.4 the order shall be confirmed and proceed subject to condition 1.3. If declined, ‘The Company’ will cancel ‘The Customers’ order and refund all order monies received
4.1 ‘The Company’ standard payment terms are 20% of payment with order and 80% of payment 7 days prior to delivery.
4.2 Payments are only accepted in British Pounds Sterling.
4.3 Payments are only accepted by the following means; cheque (made payable to “Oak Frames Direct”), BACS (electronic banking), cash, Visa, Delta and MasterCard.
4.4 Goods shall not be released until payments have cleared ‘The Company’ bank account.
4.5 ‘The Company’ actively strives to prevent credit/debit card fraud. All card-based orders without exception are subjected to cardholder name, address and other security checks as deemed essential.
4.6 ‘The Company’ retain the right to undertake any third party search as necessary, such as via ‘The Company’ card processing organisation, to satisfy ‘The Company’ that ‘The Customer’ card details are valid.
4.7 It is the responsibility of ‘The Customer’ to always provide their registered cardholder address when requested. No liability is accepted or implied for any loss incurred by ‘The Customer’ as a result of any processing delays caused by incorrect data provided by ‘The Customer’.
4.8 ‘The Company’ reserves the right to alter the standard payment terms of any customer if deemed appropriate, or where special terms form part of a package deal or offer.
5.1 ‘The Company’ shall aim to fulfill all orders at the earliest opportunity subject to receipt of cleared funds,
5.2 ‘The Company’ delivery periods as published are given in good faith and are anticipated, based upon estimated materials and manufacturing lead-times. Delivery can occur sooner or later than the anticipated timescales.
5.3 Deliveries are made weekdays only on an agreed specified date, typically during the hours of 7.00am to 5.00pm. ‘The Company’ will aim to meet customer delivery timing requests wherever possible but it is not able to guarantee timed deliveries.
5.4 Our delivery drivers will make every effort to deliver the goods directly to ‘The Customer’ required delivery point upon the property of ‘The Customer’. Due to the nature of the goods, a larger lorry is required for delivery and a vehicle gap clearance is required of around 3m (provided the lorry can approach any gaps square on) sufficient for a vehicle 2.55m wide x 11m in length and 6.1m in height to enter. Should the opinion of our delivery driver determine that access to site is not possible due to any restrictions, then the delivery of the goods shall be to nearest suitable drop-off point only (normally kerbside or driveway) and it will be the responsibility of ‘The Customer’ to trans-ship the goods to the required location at their cost.
5.5 ‘The Company’ accepts no responsibility for the suitability or strength of the access route on ‘The Customers’ property and ‘The Company’ will not accept any claims for damage to any drive, verge, lawn or gardens should the access route prove to be unsuitable for it’s delivery lorry or that of any sub-contractor.
5.6 ‘The Customer’ accepts that the nature of the materials in an oak frame porch is such that tannin may come out of the timbers and cause staining to the surrounding area. ‘The Customer’ is therefore responsible for selecting a suitable location for the delivery to be placed and ‘The Company’ will not accept any claims for stain damage to surrounding area.
5.7 Should the delivery period extend beyond the longer of
i) that published; or
ii) that subsequently notified; or
iii) 30 days after the date of order (in accordance with section 19 of the Distance Selling Regulations)
‘The Customer’ can cancel their order without penalty.
5.8 It is the responsibility of the ‘The Customer’ to provide free and unobstructed access for product delivery and subsequent usage. Any failed, abortive or return delivery charges shall be recoverable by ‘The Company’ from ‘The Customer’ at cost.
5.9 ‘The Company’ products are mainly large and sectional that will not fit through a pedestrian door. As indicated in condition 5.8, it is the responsibility of ‘The Customer’ to notify any access concerns to ‘The Company’ at point of order.
5.10 All delivered goods have to be signed for by the ‘The Customer’ or their appointed representative, at which point responsibility and risk of the goods shall pass to ‘The Customer’. Title passes as defined in 2.1.
5.11 If ‘The Customer’ cannot be in attendance on delivery, prior written authority and acceptance of responsibility to leave the unattended product must to sent to either in writing to ‘The Company’ address or by email to email@example.com
5.12 The Company’ will not be responsible any abortive or other costs incurred by ‘The Customer’ due to a failed delivery.
6.1 All products are sold and supplied for self-assembly only by ‘The Customer’.
6.2 To ensure assembly can be completed, the customer is responsible for the provision of suitable groundworks for the oak frame with sufficient unobstructed access all around the proposed site,
6.3 ‘The Customer’ should not arrange or commence any assembly service until they have received their product and have fully checked that their product is both complete and sound.
6.4 ‘The Company’ will not bear any abortive costs arising from ‘The Customer’ or their privately employed labour, due to the failure of ‘The Customer’ to check the product as defined in 6.3, or while awaiting receipt of any missing or replacement parts.
7) SHORTAGES / DAMAGE
7.1 ‘The Customer’ shall inspect the goods and notify ‘The Company’ on delivery or collection of any shortages or damage to the said goods.
7.2 In the unlikely event of shortage or damage, it should be reported immediately with detail and while our delivery vehicle is still on site and confirmed by our delivery driver. Claims should be made by telephone to 01424 838606 and they should also be noted on the delivery driver’s copy of the delivery note and signed by both ‘The Customer’ and our delivery driver.
7.3 Upon receiving approved claims within the period defined in 7.1, ‘The Company’ will forward the replacement parts usually within 5 to 10 working days, subject to stock level.
7.4 Guarantee claims made by ‘The Customer’ after the period as defined in 7.1, shall only be considered at the discretion of ‘The Company’. See section 14 for terms of guarantee.
7.5 ‘The Company’ reserves the right to decline any replacement request should damage or miss-use of the product have occurred upon ‘The Customer’ property or during self-assembly.
7.6 ‘The Company’ will not be liable for any costs incurred by ‘The Customer’, should ‘the Customer’ fail to inspect and satisfy themselves that the product is sound and complete prior to self-assembly, see also 6.3 and 6.4.
7.7 All timbers are inspected at the time of manufacture. Because of the nature of wood ‘The Company’ cannot accept any responsibility for timber shrinkage, cracking, warping, natural timber defects or tannin stains. Any timbers displaying any of these natural characteristics will not be accepted as faulty or damaged.
8.1 A return or cancellation of supply only goods can be instructed up to 7 working days after the date of delivery (except 8.2), as defined by section 11, part 2 of the Distance Selling Regulations.
8.2 ‘The Customer’ has no right to cancel at any time should their order include a personalised requirement i.e; optional fixtures, adaptations or preferences.
8.3 The statement in 8.2 complies with the ‘Exceptions to the right to cancel’ section 13, part c of the Distance Selling Regulations; which refers to “goods made to the customer’s specifications…”
8.3 A return or cancellation should be made in a durable means as defined by part 10 of the Distance Selling Regulations being; either in writing to ‘The Company’ address, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
8.4 It is the responsibility of ‘The Customer’ to meet all product return costs, either by their own arrangement or at the direct cost levied to ‘The Company’. This complies with section 8, part 2aii of the Distance Selling Regulations.
8.5 It is the responsibility of ‘The Customer’ to retain possession and take reasonable care of the goods, until the goods have been returned to the possession of ‘The Company’ or a carrier appointed by ‘The Company’.
8.6 Statute states that a product should be returned in its original condition, thus fit for re-sale as new. ‘The Company’ shall therefore reject the return of any product where assembly has been commenced, thus rendering the product as ‘used’.
8.7 Where ‘The Customer’ instructs ‘The Company’ to undertake a collection and return, ‘The Company’ shall notify ‘The Customer’ of the return charge in writing (by email) prior to undertaking the process. ‘The Company’ will not profit from any return charges received from ‘The Customer’. A return charge will always equate to the cost ‘The Company’ expended.
8.8 All return costs sought by ‘The Company’ shall be deducted from the order monies held, thus any refund to ‘The Customer’ shall be passed less this return charge.
8.9 Reimbursement (refund) of cancelled order excess monies held shall be made as soon as possible but in any event within a period not exceeding 30 days, pursuant to Section 14, part 3 of the Distance Selling Regulations.
9) REJECTED GOODS
9.1 All goods are newly constructed for sale or to order, as described upon ‘The Company’ web site. ‘The Company’ does not retail seconds or ex-display products, thus rejected goods are an extremely rare event.
9.2 In the unlikely event that ‘The Customer’ wishes to reject the goods through fault or damage, this must be undertaken within 7 working days after the date of delivery (except 9.4), as defined by section 11, part 2 of the Distance Selling Regulations.
9.3 ‘The Customer’ should notify ‘The Company’ of their rejection of the goods by a durable means as defined by part 10 of the Distance Selling Regulations being either in writing to ‘The Company’ address or by email to email@example.com
9.4 ‘The Customer’ has no right to reject goods at any time should their order include a personalised requirement i.e; optional fixtures, adaptations or preferences. In this case section 7. Shortages / Damage would apply.
9.5 The statement in 9.4 is formed from the ‘Exceptions to the right to cancel’ section 13, part c of the Distance Selling Regulations; which refers to “goods made to the customer’s specifications…”
9.6 It is the responsibility of ‘The Customer’ to retain possession and take reasonable care of the goods, until the goods have been returned to the possession of ‘The Company’ or a carrier appointed by ‘The Company’.
9.7 For justified rejection, ‘The Company’ shall bear all return costs, being the full limit of liability for a rejection.
9.8 If on return the product is found to be sound, complete and as described for sale, the return charge process as set out in conditions 8.4 to 8.8 will apply and be deducted from the order monies held.
9.9 If on return the product is found to be have been abused or damaged whilst on site, or having been erected, ‘The Company’ shall retain the right to deduct from the order monies held any losses levied by ‘The Company’.
9.10 Reimbursement (refund) of rejected order monies, less charges defined in 9.8 to 9.10 if due, shall be made in a period not exceeding 30 days as Section 14, part 3 of the Distance Selling Regulations.
9.11 Statute states that a product should be returned in its original condition, thus fit for re-sale as new. ‘The Company’ shall therefore reject the return of any product where assembly has been commenced, thus rendering the product as ‘used’.
10.1 In the event of any complaint or grievance, ‘The Customer’ should initially make contact by telephone on 01424 838606, followed by a formal email complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org or letter to ‘The Company’ address.
10.2 For efficient handling, ‘The Customer’ should state upon all correspondence; (a) their name, (b) their address, (c) their sales invoice number, (d) the product, and (e) a description of their complaint.
10.3 ‘The Company’ shall endeavor to promptly resolve any complaint and/or respond with our stance. Should a response not be received within 5 working days, please send a “Second Request” for the attention of The Manager.
10.4 It is the intention of ‘The Company’ to resolve any dispute fairly, amicably and to the satisfaction of all parties concerned at the earliest opportunity.
11.1 ‘The Company’ is committed to the protection of data and respect customer privacy.
11.2 ‘The Company’ will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998).
11.3 Any personal details given by ‘The Customer’ shall not be passed or made available to any other company, organisation or third party with the exception of 11.4.
11.4 To enable ‘The Company’ to efficiently fulfill your custom, ‘The Customer’ contact name, telephone number and address may be passed to an appointed carrier to enable direct delivery and communication.
11.5 When you register on our website, to maintain your order basket ‘The Company’ uses technology that employs cookies. A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information back from the browser. ‘The Company’ do not use this cookie to collect or analyse any information about you.
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12) FORCE MAJEURE
12.1 Neither party is liable for failure to perform the party’s obligations if such failure is as a result of Acts of God (including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane or other natural disaster), war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared), civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, nationalisation, government sanction, blockage, embargo, labour dispute, strike, lockout or interruption or failure of electricity or telephone service. No party is entitled to terminate this Agreement under Clause 8 (Cancellation) in such circumstances.
12.2 If a party asserts Force Majeure as an excuse for failure to perform the party’s obligation, then the non-performing party must prove that the party took reasonable steps to minimise delay or damages caused by foreseeable events, that the party substantially fulfilled all non-excused obligations, and that the other party was timely notified of the likelihood or actual occurrence of an event described in 12.1.
13.1 If ‘The Customer’ wishes to amend their order post-sale (i.e; after order processing), a nominal £25 ‘Administration Charge’ shall be levied to account for the manual handling of all documentary and payment revisions in line with any post-sale ‘Customer’ instructions; extra-over to any material or service cost adjustments/revisions.
14.1 The materials supplied are guaranteed for a period of 1 year from date of delivery by ‘The Company’ against manufacturing faults or destruction by woodworm or beetle infestation.
14.2 Any materials which are accepted by ‘The Company’ as faulty and covered by the guarantee will be replaced or repaired at the discretion of ‘The Company’. Any making good or redecoration following replacement or repair under guarantee will be the responsibility of ‘The Customer’.
14.3 The materials used in an oak frame are natural materials and as such may display certain characteristics which are normal and expected. Because of the nature of wood ‘The Company’ can not accept any responsibility for timber shrinkage, cracking, warping, natural timber defects or tannin stains. Any timbers displaying any of these natural characteristics will not be accepted as faulty or damaged.
14.4 In time, the oak will weather to a silvery grey colour and any joinery, hinges or weatherboard will need ongoing maintenance and decoration to keep them all in good working order and condition. An advice sheet on maintenance and decoration is supplied on delivery of the building.
15.1 These terms and conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with the Laws of England and Wales.
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