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Can I add my terms and conditions of payment to my Invoice

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Can I add my terms and conditions of payment to my Invoice and can I stipulate a due date and if it is not paid apply 8.5% late payment charge?
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. Are you saying that you wish to do this after the work has been done?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello. The terms and conditions are on my website. But any further invoices sent can I add my terms and conditions to my invoice itself and make it clear about late payments incurring a percentage late payment charge on the due date I set myself?
So to be clear are the late payment charges contained in your t's and c's and are these business to business or consumer contracts?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Domestic consumer. I'm run a construction company.
Ok thanks, ***** ***** the late payment charges contained in the terms and conditions?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes on the website they are. Not on the contract itself.
In contracts such as this you would be well advised to ensure that they are contained in the contract you send to the customer as well as being on the website. If the charge is on the contract and is reasonable then it is a term of sale and you can charge it. The only thing you need to be mindful of is that the charge is not excessive for the value of the product and you allow enough time to pay. Payment terms of 1 week for example may not be deemed to be reasonable. There will only ever be an issue if the customer fails to pay the interest in which case you would have to consider whether to take the customer to court over the interest. So to summarise, yes you may do this but ensure that the customer is aware of it by including it in the terms and conditions they sign. If you have any further question please do ask. If I have answered your question I would be grateful if you would take the time to rate my answer. Thank you and all the best.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sorry can you explain Why is one week not reasonable amount of time. On what basis would this be proved unreasonable surely that is subjective? Its a very long time really, if you knew you were getting the work done you should have the funds in place would this not stand up in court? To be honest i'm looking to water tight my T&C because despite whats on TV about Cowboy builders 90% of clients are nightmares for paying on time and we want to put in place the deterrents.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
one more question, can the T&C be updated during the contract if it states on the on the contract that the Terms and conditions may be revised at any time?
Hi in the circumstances you describe a week may in fact be deemed to be reasonable, the general point is that the longer the period the more likely the courts will deem you are being reasonable. I think that a term allowing you to change terms in the middle of the contract would fall foul of the Unfair Contract Terms Act particularly if it were to the detriment of the consumer. In a nutshell any term a term which causes a 'significant imbalance in the parties' rights and obligations to the detriment of the consumer' will be regarded as an unfair contract term and will not be enforceable.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
OK thanks for your information. So if 7 days is given and a due date stipulated and on my T&C it is clear an 8% charge will be applied for late payment this is acceptable?
Yes that is correct. All the best with it.
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