These conditions apply to all contracts for the hire of equipment by Container Kitchen Systems Ltd and shall apply in place of and prevail over any terms or conditions contained or referred to in any hirer’s order or in correspondence or elsewhere or implied by trade custom, practice or course of dealing unless specifically agreed to in writing by a director of Container Kitchen Systems Ltd, Henley Park, Normandy, Guildford, UK, GU3 2BL Tel. 0845 812 0800 Fax: 0845 812 0801
Container Kitchen Systems Ltd, Henley Park, Normandy, Guildford, UK, GU3 2BL
Tel: 0845 812 0800 Fax: 0845 812 0801
1.1 “the Owner” means Container Kitchen Systems Ltd (registered number 1893247).
1.2 “the Hirer” means the person, firm, company, corporation or authority specified overleaf as the hirer of the Equipment and includeshis, its or their successors or personal representatives.
1.3 “Equipment” means the equipment listed in the quotation provided by the Owner to the Hirer and includes any other equipment or goods of any nature whatsoever provided by the Owner to the Hirer on hire.
1.4 “Hire Contract” means the contract between the Owner and the Hirer for the hire of the Equipment.
1.5 “Minimum Hire Period” means either the fixed term period or the min. period for which the Hirer agrees to hire the Equipment, as stated in the form of quotation or form of acknowledgement of orderprovided to the Hirer by the Owner or (in the event that no such Period is specified in such quotation of acknowledgement of order forms) agreed between the Hirer and the Owner.
1.6 “the site” means the location specified by the Hirer to the Owner as the desired location for the Equipment.
2.1 The Hirer shall obtain and maintain in force all permissions, consentsand licences required for the Equipment or for the erection,installation or operation of the Equipment or any part of it under any statute, regulation or bye-law and comply with any conditions imposed therein.
3.1 The Owner will use its reasonable endeavours to deliver the Equipment to the site on the date specified for the commencement of the Minimum Hire Period.
3.2 Unless otherwise specified in writing, the date for delivery of the Equipment shall not be of the essence of the contract and the Owner accepts no liability for failure to deliver the Equipment on any specified date arising from any cause whatsoever.
3.3 A suitable access route for delivery and collection is to be provided by the Hirer with unrestricted entry and approach. Where the ground is soft or otherwise unsuitable the Hirer shall provide appropriate temporary foundations in a suitable position for loading, unloading and for the Equipment to rest on.
3.4 It is the Hirer’s responsibility to ensure the suitability of the site and access for the Equipment. Any costs arising from the unsuitability of the site or access are chargeable to the Hirer.
4.1 The Hirer shall be responsible for the loading and unloading of the Equipment at the site and any personnel supplied by the Owner shall be deemed to be under the Hirer’s control.
4.2 The Hirer shall be responsible for any lifting gear or special apparatus required for the installation or removal of the Equipment.
4.3 A maximum of 90 minutes is allowed from arrival in the vicinity of the Site for the loading and unloading of the equipment. Should the vehicle driver be delayed on site any longer than this period then extra charges will be incurred at the rate of £25 per 15 minute period.
4.4 The Owner’s responsibility for delivery is limited to offloading the Equipment at the Site. Any work involving positioning of the Equipment is the responsibility of the Hirer.
5.1 Connection and disconnection of services on site is the responsibility of the Hirer and must be performed by a competent engineer in accordance with the service requirements outlined by the Owner.
5.2 Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Owner, it is the responsibility of the Hirer to arrange for a competent engineer to commission the Equipment on Site.
6.1 The Hirer shall use the Equipment in a skilful and proper manner and in accordance with any operating instructions issued with the Equipment and shall ensure that the Equipment is operated and used by properly skilled and trained personnel. The Hirer shall be responsible for maintaining the Equipment in the same condition as on the date of its delivery and for returning the Equipment on the completion of hire under the Hire Contract in a good and clean condition (fair wear and tear excepted). If the Owner in its absolute discretion shall consider that the Equipment shall require cleaning at any time while it is on hire to the Hirer in order to ensure its efficient operation or its continued efficient operation, the Owner shall be entitled to clean the Equipment and charge the cost of so doing to the Hirer.
6.2 If at any time during the period of hire to the Hirer any item of the Equipment is lost or damaged the Hirer shall be responsible for the full cost of replacement or repair of such item of the Equipment. In addition, the Hirer shall be responsible for the replacement of all consumable items such as light bulbs. In the case of damage to the Equipment the Owner shall be entitled in its absolute discretion to determine whether the damage shall be made good by repair or the damaged item of the Equipment shall be replaced.
6.3 No alteration or modification will be carried out to the Equipment without the prior consent in writing of the Owner. Nothing may be affixed to either the interior or exterior walls of the cabin or portable building housing or forming part of the Equipment.
6.4 In the event of any item of the Equipment malfunctioning the Hirer will inform the Owner at the earliest possible opportunity. The Owner will procure that the engineer visits the site to examine the malfunctioning item of the Equipment within one working day of notification.
6.5 If in the opinion of the Owner any malfunction of the Equipment is caused by misuse, neglect or malicious vandalism, scaled water, impact damage or broken knobs or frets the cost of repairs will be charged to the Hirer. If in the opinion of the Owner the malfunction of the Equipment is caused by incorrect usage, insufficient gas or electrical supply or any other problem unrelated to the Equipment, the Owner will charge the Hirer a full call-out charge at the rates of the Owner ruling at the time, including all transport charges.
6.6 In times of severe weather, precautions should be taken by the Hirer to avoid frost, wind, hail or storm damage. The Owner recommends that the unit be drained down or kept heated overnight at such times. Damage by frost is the responsibility of the Hirer.
6.7 Under no circumstances may the Hirer remove any Equipment or part thereof from the cabin or portable building supplied by the Owner. No cooking equipment other than that supplied by the Owner may be used within any portable kitchen supplied by the Owner unless prior consent in writing is given by the owner.
6.8 The Hirer shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with any applicable rules or regulations relating to health or safety at work. In particular, if it is necessary or prudent for fire extinguishers to be available at the site of the Equipment within the cabin or portable building supplied by the Owner, the Hirer shall be responsible for supplying them.
6.9 Should any fixed or loose item of Equipment e.g. keys, sink plugs etc not be returned with the Equipment at the expiry of the hire thereof then rental will be charged on that item until it is either returned to the Owner or payment for the item is received by the owner. The minimum hire charge for such items will be £20 plus £1 per item per day.
7.1 The Hirer shall at all times allow the Owner, its agents or servants or any person authorised by the Owner, to have easonable access to the Equipment to inspect, test, adjust, repair or replace the same.
7.2 The Hirer shall procure that all necessary consents from third parties are obtained and kept in force to permit the Owner to have access to the Equipment at all times for the purpose of the Hire Contract.
8.1 The period of hire of the Equipment will commence on the day the Equipment leaves the Owner’s premises and will terminate on the day when it is received back at the Owner’s premises or on a site nominated by the Owner, both days being included in the period of hire.
8.2 On the expiry of a fixed period of hire which has been specified in the quotation provided to the Hirer the Owner will arrange collection of the Equipment.
8.3 If a Minimum Hire Period is a term of the Hire Contract the Hirer or the Owner may terminate the Hire Contract by notice in writing to the other of not less than the duration specified below, any such notice to take effect on the last day of the Minimum Hire Period or the day thereafter:-
Minimum Hire Period / Notice Minimum Hire Period / Notice
1 months / 1 week 3 months / 2 weeks
6 months / 3 weeks 12 months / 4 weeks
24 months / 12 weeks
9.1 During the Minimum Hire Period the Hirer shall pay to the Owner the rentals in respect of the Equipment specified in the quotation provided to the Hirer by the Owner or (in the event that no quote is provided by the Owner to the Hirer or that any item of Equipment provided to the Hirer by the Owner is not specified in the quotation) agreed between the Owner and the Hirer. This payment should be made in advance.
9.2 In the event that the Hirer remains in possession of the Equipment with the consent of the Owner after the expiry of the Minimum Hire Period the rental in respect of the Equipment shall continue at the same rate as prior to the expiry of the Minimum Hire Period.
9.3 If the Minimum Hire Period exceeds one month, the Owner will invoice rental charges in respect of the Equipment monthly, as at the first day of each succeeding month.
9.4 The rental charges under the Hire Contract are due from the Hirer as at the date of invoice from the Owner. All rentals will be paid by the Hirer punctually to the Owner during the continuance of the period during which the Equipment is on hire to the Hirer and no allowance or deduction shall be permitted from such rentals in respect of any period where for whatever reason the Equipment shall not be used by the Hirer.
9.5 In the event of late payment the Owner reserves the right to charge interest at the rate provided for under current late payment legislation.
9.6 The Owner reserves the right to amend hire rates at any time after the expiry of the Minimum Hire Period, giving seven days’ notice in writing to the Hirer specifying the amended rates.
9.7 Where the quotation or form of contract forming part of the Hire Contract so specifies the Hirer shall be obliged to pay a security bond to the Owner upon entering into the Hire Contract. The amount of such deposit shall be set off by the Owner against the final payments in respect of the Equipment becoming due from the Hirer under the Hire Contract. This will be held until the satisfactory termination of the hire and return of the Equipment to the Owner. 9.8 The Hirer will pay to the Owner V.A.T. at the rate ruling on all payments made under the Hire Contract.
Without prejudice to the Owner’s right to arrears of rentals or other sums due under the Hire Contract the Owner may terminate the hire under the Hire Contract on the occurrence of any of the following events:-
10.1 if the Hirer shall fail to pay any of the rentals or any other sums agreed to be paid by the Hirer to the Owner under the Hire Contract punctually on the due date; or
10.2 if the Hirer shall be in breach of any term of the Hire Contract; or
10.3 if the Hire shall do or allow to be done any act or thing which may prejudice or endanger the Owner’s property or rights in the Equipment; or
10.4 if the Hirer shall die; or
10.5 if the Hirer shall have a bankruptcy order made against him; or 10.6 if the Hirer shall be liquidated or wound up or have a petition for winding up presented against it or pass a resolution for voluntary winding-up (otherwise than for reconstruction or amalgamation to which the Owner shall have given its written consent); or
10.7 if a petition for the appointment of an administrator is presented against the Hirer or if the Hirer has an administrative receiver appointed over the whole or any part of its assets; or
10.8 if the Hirer shall convene any meeting of its creditors or make a deed of assignment or arrangement or otherwise compound with its creditors; or
10.9 if any steps shall be taken to levy a distress or execution or if a distress or execution shall be levied or threatened to be levied upon any chattels in the possession of the Hirer; or
10.10 if the Hirer shall abandon the Equipment; whereupon the Owner’s consent to the Hirer’s possession of the Equipment shall be terminated immediately and the Owner may take possession of the Equipment wherever it or any part of it may be.
Immediately upon the hiring of the Equipment being terminated pursuant to Clause 10.10 above the Hirer shall pay to the Owner:-
11.1 all arrears of rentals then due;
11.2 all rentals which had the Owner’s consent to the Hirer's possession of the Equipment not been determined were agreed to be paid by the Hirer to the Owner until the end of the Minimum Hire Period or, in the event that the Minimum Hire Period has expired, until the date when the Hire Contract could first validly be terminated thereafter by notice in writing given by the Hirer to the Owner (less a discount for accelerated payment at the rate of 5% per annum);
11.3 all expenses and costs incurred by the Owner in retaking possession of the Equipment and/or enforcing its rights under the Hire Contract. Provided however that if during any part of the period from termination by the Owner of hire under the Hire Contract until the expiry of the Minimum Hire Period (or other period taken into ccount in computing the payment to be made by the Hirer hereunder) the Owner shall have hired out all items of equipment in the nature of the Equipment which it then has available for hire, the Owner shall allow a rebate to the Hirer equal to 50% of the daily rental value under the Hire Contract of such item of Equipment in respect of each day during such period (less the amount representing the discount applicable under 11.2 above).
12.1 The Hirer shall fully clean down the Equipment each day of the period during which it is on hire from the Owner to the Hirer as is mandatory for hygienic catering practice. At the expiry of the hire the hirer will deep clean the Equipment. Under the hire contract the Owner will be entitled to charge up to £500.00 for each unit and all of the catering equipment within the unit that has not undergone a deep clean.
13.1 The Equipment shall be deemed to be complete, in good order and condition and to the Hirer’s satisfaction unless notification is received by the Owner within 48 hours of the Equipment being delivered to the Site.
13.2 No warranty or representation is given or made that the Equipment is suitable for the purpose required by the Hirer.
13.3 In the event of malfunction, failure or poor or partial performance of the Equipment or any part of it and subject to the provisions of clause 12.1 and clause 6 above, the liability of the Owner shall be limited to repairing or replacing the Equipment or the relevant part.
13.4 The terms set out in these conditions together with any other terms of the Hire Contract agreed in writing between the Owner and the Hirer constitute all the terms of the Hire Contract. Subject thereto, all conditions, warranties and representations, expressed or implied by statute, common law or otherwise, in relation to the Equipment are hereby excluded and the Owner shall be under no liability to the Hirer for any loss, damage or injury, direct or indirect, resulting from defective material, faulty workmanship or otherwise arising and whether or not caused by the negligence of the Owner, its employees or agents save that the Owner shall accept liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of the owner.
13.5 Without prejudice to the above provisions, no liability will attach to the Owner for any consequential loss or damage due to any failure in or poor or partial performance or late delivery of the Equipment or any part thereof or any breach of the Hire Contract whatsoever by the Owner for any cause whatsoever, including the negligence of the Owner or the Owner’s employees and in particular the Owner will accept no liability for loss of or damage to food due to defects in or breakdown of any cold room or refrigeration equipment included in the Equipment.
14.1 Unless otherwise stated in the quotation provided by the Owner to the Hirer, the Hirer shall pay to the Owner the cost of the transport of the Equipment from the Owner’s premises to the Site and its return to the Owner’s premises.
15.1 Subject to 15.3 below the Hirer shall not re-hire, sell, mortgage, charge, pledge, part with possession of, or otherwise deal with the Equipment or purport to do any such things and shall protect the same against distress, execution or seizure and shall indemnify the Owner against all damages, losses, costs, charges and expenses that may be occasioned by failure to observe and perform this condition except in the case of Government requisition.
15.2 The Hire Contract is personal to the Hirer and the Hirer shall not assign his or its rights hereunder.
15.3 Subject to giving written notice to the Owner specifying any sub-hirer the Hirer may sub-let the whole (but not part only) of the Equipment to any person, firm or company for use at the Site but any such subletting shall not affect in any way the Hirer’s liability to the Owner under the terms of the Hire Contract and the Hirer shall indemnify and keep indemnified the Owner against any loss cost claim demand liability or expense which the Owner may suffer incur or sustain as a result of or in connection with any such sub-letting.
15.4 In particular but without prejudice to the generality of clause 15.3 above the Hirer will remain liable for all damage to the Equipment or any part of it caused by any person, firm or company to which the Hirer gives possession of the Equipment and for any charges raised by the Owner in accordance with these terms and conditions in the event of failure to maintain the Equipment properly.
16.1 The Hirer shall insure and keep the Equipment and its accessories insured under a comprehensive insurance policy without restriction or excess to its full replacement value as stated in the form of contract provided by the Owner to the Hirer against all the usual risks including loss or damage by fire, flood, accident or any other cause. The Hirer shall also fully and completely indemnify the Owner in respect of all costs and charges in connection therewith whether arising under statute or common law, save that the Hirer shall not be liable to indemnify the Owner in respect of death or personal injury arising from the Owner’s negligence.
16.2 The Hirer shall ensure that the interest of the Owner is noted on the insurance policy effected by the Hirer so that in the event of loss or damage to the Equipment or any claim being made against the Owner for loss or damage to person or property the Owner will have the benefit of an indemnity from an insurance company to the full value of the loss, damage or claim.
17.1 The Hirer will not remove, obscure, alter or deface in any way any of the Owner’s nameplates, engravings or other indications of ownership on any of the Equipment.
17.2 The Hirer will procure that none of the Equipment becomes affixed to any land and will indemnify the Owner against any loss, cost claim, demand, liability or expense which the Owner may suffer, incur or sustain as a result of any person, firm or company claiming that any Equipment has become affixed to any property.
18.1 Any delay or failure by the Owner to exercise any right or remedy under the terms hereof shall not constitute a waiver of it or them and any of the Owner’s rights or remedies may be enforced separately or concurrently with any other right or remedy now or in the future accruing to the Owner to the effect that such rights are cumulative and not exclusive of each other.
18.2 The continuance of the hire under the Hire Contract and of the Hirer’s liability for payment of rentals and all other sums due under it shall not be affected in any way by the loss or theft of or any damage to or defect in the Equipment, whether latent or patent.
18.3 Any written communication from the Owner to the Hirer or from the Hirer to the Owner shall be sufficiently served if sent by pre-paid post or letter or delivered by hand to the address of the other as referred to in the quotation or contract document forming part of the Hire Contract and if sent by post or letter shall be deemed to have been received by the addressee 48 hours after the time of posting and at the date of delivery if delivered otherwise than by post.
18.4 The Hire Contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England.
19.1 In the event that the Hirer cancels the Hire Contract the Owner reserves the right to charge a fee to the Hirer representing the Owner’s loss resulting from cancellation of the Hire Contract.
Mobile Kitchens Ltd
Tel: 0845 812 0800
Fax: 0845 812 0801