Terms and Conditions
In these terms and conditions (which are referred to in this document as “these terms”), the “Customer” means the customer for whom the works are to be carried out by Cat Plumbers and the “Company” means Cat Construction (UK) Ltd /Cat Plumbers or, wherever the case may be, sub-contractor or representative of the company carrying out business pursuant to a Subcontract Agreement entered into with the company.
“Contract” means the agreement between the Customer and the company to carry out the works of which these terms form a part and (where these terms are a schedule to a signed agreement between the Customer and the company (“the Agreement”)) the Agreement, “Works” means the works described in the company quotation or any other document or email issued by the company, as may be varied by agreement in writing between the parties.
For the purposes of these terms, “in writing” includes by email and any document which is set out in a hand held device and any signature on a hand held screen shall be treated as in writing.
- Acceptance Of Works
The company reserves the right to refuse or decline any work at its own discretion. Where the company agrees to undertake works for the customer, this will be done so by authorised representatives of the company only.
- Callout Fee and Charges
The company charges a minimum of 1 hour labour charge for every visit regardless of work carried out. This includes work quoted on an hourly rate, or fixed price work. If for any reason we are unable to carry out works during attendance, the minimum 1 hour fee would still be payable for our attendance, plus the cost of any additional labour time over the first hour, and parts/materials if used.
- Quotations and Fixed priced work
Any quotation supplied by the company is subject to withdrawal at any time before receipt of an unqualified acceptance from the customer, and shall be deemed withdrawn unless it has been accepted within 28 days from its date.
Unless otherwise specified, all quotations provided are done on an ‘as is’ basis, and are not a fixed price quotation or firm price. The quotation will set out the likely minimum costs involved based on a visual inspection by the company and/or details supplied by the customer. The final price will be calculated based on the original quotation and in accordance with the company’s standard rate card applicable at the time of works being carried out, and may be increased above the quoted price.
In addition, the company reserves the right to increase the price prior to any works being carried out, equivalent to the increase of cost to the company including additional materials, labour, equipment hire and transport since the date of the provided quotation (either done so in writing, email or orally), unless the final price exceeds the quoted price by more than 10%, by which the customer may cancel the contract provided it does so prior to any works commencing (including the order of materials or equipment hired).
Any quotation provided by the company may be revised in the following circumstances:
If after the submission of the quotation by the company, the customer instructs the company (whether in written or orally) to provide additional works or services not referenced or detailed within the quotation.
If following the submission of the quotation by the company, there is an unforseeable increase in the cost of materials to be supplied. In such an instance the customer has the right to cancel but where this occurs after work has started the customer will be liable for the costs incurred to this point.
If following the submission of the quotation by the company, it is discovered further works and services need to be carried out which had not been anticipated and/or were not reasonably unforeseen. In such an instance the customer has the right to cancel but where this occurs after work has started the customer will be liable for the costs incurred to this point.
If following submission of the quotation or works carried out, it is discovered that there was a manifest error when the quotation was prepared. In such an instance the customer has the right to cancel but where this occurs after work has started the customer will be liable for the costs incurred to this point.
The company reserves the right to make a charge for the collection of materials, parts and equipment from any supplier, except for works where a quotation has been provided beforehand. If the collection of said materials takes part whilst the company is on site, the time taken for this will be treated as part of the works, and charged at the applicable rate. If any materials are ordered for subsequent collection and delivery, a charge may be made by the company.
The company will not be under any obligation to provide an quotation to the customer. The company will only be bound to quotations provided in writing to the customer, which have also been signed by an authorised representative of the company. The company will not be bound to any quotations provided orally.
The customer will reimburse the company for any and all expenses incurred (including labour, materials and equipment hire) upon acceptance of a quotation which is subsequently cancelled by the customer. This does not apply where a customer cancels a contract which is cancellable under consumer law and where Notice of Cancellation has been properly served by the customer.
- Prices and Payment
All invoices are due for payment immediately upon satisfactory completion of works / delivery to the customer unless agreed by prior arrangement.
All appointments made for works to be carried out (including fixed price works and quotations) with the company are done so with payment due immediately upon completion / delivery of invoice.
Where prior written agreement has been arranged for Account Customers with the company, full payment is due within 14 days of the completion of works and delivery of invoice.
Where the customer is represented by a third party person(s) or agent(s) (such as a managing agent, landlord, tenant or other occupier, friend, family, contractor or other representative), in the event of non-payment by the customer, the third party will be responsible for full payment unless the company has agreed otherwise in writing prior to any works commencing.
- Inspections of Works
Where any services or works provided by the company is subject to snagging, the customer agrees to make payment of 95% of the total invoice amount immediately following completion of works. The customer must then provide the company access without delay to allow the snagging to be finalised and completed. Payment for the remaining 5% balance will be due following completion of the snagging by the company, or within 14 days of the invoice date should access not be made available – whichever is sooner. This does not affect your statutory rights.
- Late Payment
7.1 Invoices remaining unpaid after 30 days from the invoice date will be subject to a finance charge, equal to 3% above base rate of the invoice value charged on a daily basis. Non account customers who fail to settle accounts on completion of the work are liable, (at the company’s discretion), to incur a finance charge equal to 2% of the gross invoice value, charged on a daily basis from the date the invoice was raised until full settlement is made.
7.2 For invoices remaining unpaid after 30 days, we reserve the right to charge a Late Payment Administration Fee of £20.
7.3 In addition, for invoices remaining unpaid after 30 days, we reserve the right to charge a Legal Administration Fee of £40 where Small Claims proceedings are initiated.
7.4 For invoices remaining unpaid after 30 days, we reserve the right to make an additional charge of £12 for each Late Payment Reminder Letter issued until payment is received in full for all monies outstanding. 8.5 Returned cheques will be subject to a £10 processing charge and in addition we
- Retention of Goods
8.1 Title to all goods and materials (“Goods”) supplied by the company shall remain with the company and shall not pass to the client until the purchase price for the goods or service has been paid in full and received by the seller. Until title to the goods or materials passes:
8.1.1 With an appropriate court order the company may employ agents to recover goods or debts owed to the company by the customer.
8.1.5 Irrespective of whether title to the Goods remains vested in the Company, risk in the Goods shall pass to the Client upon delivery;
- Inspection, Delivery And Completion of Works
The company will advise the customer of the date and time for works to be carried out. The company will always endeavour to ensure they maintain this schedule and that their operatives attend at the agreed time. However, the company accepts no liability in respect of late/non-attendance at any site, or for the late/non delivery of any equipment or materials due to factors beyond its control. All times provided by the company are quotations only., unless a time specific quotation has been agreed in writing. All works will be carried out within a reasonable time.
For commercial work, the customer shall indemnify the company against any and all actions, claims, demands, suits, losses, costs, expenses and charges which the company may suffer or incur in connection with a claim by a third party, resulting from a breach of the customer’s obligations, undertakings and representations and warranties in connection with this contract.
- Limitation of Liability
The company’s liability shall be limited to:
-the repair or making good of any defect pursuant to its undertaking in paragraph 10 below, and subject to paragraph 7 above or refund where required by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
– liability for personal injury or death resulting from negligence in the course of carrying out the companies duties
– the reasonable costs of repair or reinstatement of damage or any loss to the customer’s property, should this result from the negligence of the company or its employees, agents or sub-contractors, and the customer incurs such costs.
- Any foreseeable sequential losses, not including loss of profit
The company will not hold any responsibility for any damage suffered to a part of any property where the damage is in whole or in part a consequence of a pre-existing defect or weakness in that part of the property.
The company will not hold responsibility f or liability for damage reasonably caused whilst investigating and repairing any plumbing, gas or drainage work, including blockages. This includes but not limited to; the removal of bathroom suites, panels or furniture, tiles and tiling, floor coverings (carpet, rugs, laminate, wood, tiles etc), internal and external walls where pipework is/has to be routed and other damages as a result.
If damage to plaster and brickwork is caused it will be the customer’s responsibility to make good. We cannot accept responsibility for any damage to wallpaper, paintwork, tiles, carpet, furniture etc. Any silicone work does not carry any guarantee.
It is the responsibility of the customer to protect items of furniture, furnishings, fixtures and fittings. We will make reasonable efforts not to cause damage. It is suggested that the customer remove items that is considered to be a problem. If items remain within the working area, it is the responsibility of the customer to cover such items.
Subject to paragraph 10 and the exclusions listed below, the company undertakes to make good and repair any defect in completed work, which appears within one month of the complete date of the same, to the extent that such defect arises from the breach of the companiescompany’s obligations under this contract. This does not invalidate your 12 month warranty
All defects must be notified to the company by the customer in writing within this period, and the company and its insurers must be provided the opportunity to inspect the work and any alleged defect.
This inspection shall only apply to work carried out and completed by the company that has been paid in full by the customer.
Following the inspection and it transpires the alleged defect is not the result of any work or service carried out or provided by the company, the company reserves the right to make a charge to the customer for the inspection visit at its standard rate.
The company reserves the right to not carry out any work where the customer cannot provide sufficient evidence that the work was originally carried out by the company, or where full payment has not been received for said work.
Nothing in this term prevents the customer from seeking remedy using the rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
Any systems or structures which have not been installed or worked on by the company
Any defects resulting from the misuse, wilful act or faulty workmanship by the customer or any other third party working for or under the direction of the customer.
Any pre-exisitng structural defects, such as but not limited to subsidence and its resultant effect.
Any damage to drainage systems caused by any outside force or root penetration.
- Permits, Licenses, Regulations and Other Consents/Access
It is the customer’s duty to ensure suitable permission, permits, licenses and all other consents from the owner/landlord/agent/organisation, and/or planning permission if necessary is obtained prior to installation work carried out by the company. The company will not be held responsible for any damage to the property (such as fixings, holes etc.) if this has not been obtained, and in the event of equipment supplied or installed requiring removing or re-positioning, extra charges will be incurred.
The customer shall provide clear access to enable the company to undertake the works, and will make all the necessary arrangements with the proper persons or authorities for any traffic controls and signals required in the connection with carrying out the works.
The customer shall obtain permission for the company to proceed over property belonging to neighbours or third parties if this is necessary. The customer shall indemnify the company in all aspects of claim from neighbouring/third party properties arising out of the presence of the company or its employee’s/representatives.
Both parties will at all times ensure the environment is safe for the company and its employee’s/representatives for the purpose of carrying out the works.
Where applicable to drainage works and services, the customer shall provide the company, if possible, a plan of the drain layouts. If this is not available, the company reserves the right to make additional charges at the applicable rate if blockages occur in drains not covered or identified by the customer.
By instructing the company to proceed with any works as agreed, it is thought by the company the customer has sought the necessary permission as set out above. The customer will be liable to the company for all loss and damage whether indirect, direct or consequential which has been suffered by the company as a result of the failure or delay by the customer in performing the obligations as detailed above.
- Force Majeure
The company will use all reasonable efforts to carry out and complete the works on time, but shall not be liable to the customer or any third party if the works prove impossible due to events or circumstances beyond the company’s reasonable control.
13.0 If the customer cancels any contract with the company, without the companies consent, the customer agrees to indemnify the company against any and all loss, damage, claims or actions arising as a result of such cancellation, unless otherwise agreed in writing, and is without prejudice to the company’s right to payment in accordance with paragraph 5.
- Removal of Waste and Materials
The company is not responsible for the removal of any waste materials. The customer is responsible for the removal of any/all waste materials resulting from the works carried out by the company.
- Frozen Pipes
The company will not be liable for any fractures found in frozen pipes attended by the company, and cannot guarantee to clear blockages occurring within frozen pipes or drainage systems.
Any guarantee provided by the company shall be for labour only, in respect of faulty workmanship from 12 months of the date of completion. This does not affect the customer’s right to seek redress from the company in relation to any defects in any products supplied by the company.
The companies guarantee will become null and void if the work/appliance completed/supplied by the company is:
– Subject to misuse or negligence
– Repaired, tampered with or modified by anyone other than a company operative/representative. The company accepts no liability for (or guarantee suitability for) materials supplied by the customer or other third parties, and will not accept liability for any damage or faults as a result.
The company is unable to guarantee any work in respect of blockages in waste and drainage systems.
The company is unable to guarantee any work which has been undertaken on instruction by the customer, against the company’s/operatives advice/recommendations.
The company will only guarantee work directly undertaken by the company and its employee’s. Any work carried out on behalf of the company by agents or sub-contractors will be guaranteed under their own respective policies.
The company will not be liable or responsible for any damage or defect arising from work not fully guaranteed or where recommended work has not been carried out.
The company will not guarantee work where the customer has been notified either verbally or in writing by the company of any related work which requires attention.
The customer shall be solely liable for any hazardous situation in respect of Gas Safe regulations, or gas warning notice issued, unless otherwise caused by our Gas Safe operative.
- Intellectual Property Rights
All content of this website, including graphics and logo’s remain the sole property of the company, and are not to be copied, reproduced or distributed either in part of full, without our prior written consent.
- Complaints Procedure
In the unlikely event the customer experiences a problem with the service provided by the company, the customer must put their complaint in writing to Cat Plumbers at The Old Wharf House, Majors Road, Longcot Oxon SN7 7TR at their earliest opportunity. Upon receipt of this complaint, the company will endeavour to resolve the matter within 14 days.
In the event that a complaint cannot be resolved between us and the Customer under the Complaints policy outlined above,please contact the Ombudsman via the Which? Trusted Traders telephone number or by visiting http://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/about/why-use-which-trusted-traders/
While every effort is made to make the allotted scheduled appointment, Cat Plumbers can not guarantee appointment times due to unforeseen circumstances.
Any work untaken during unsocial hours (weekends, bank holidays and between 7pm and 8am ) can be subject to a premium charge from that of Cat Plumbers standard charges. Customers will be advised of these.
Nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to remove your rights regarding the quality of our work, or relating to faulty or misdescribed goods that are supplied as part of our service.