Horse sale commission agreement
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About this document
This agreement is between a livery yard owner who agrees to take commission on the sale of a horse, and the owner. As written, like any livery contract, the owner also pays for livery while the horse is for sale and has personal access to the yard's facilities.
Sellers often prefer to sell the horse from a yard. The yard may have superior facilities in which to allow the seller to demonstrate the horse's ability, riders on hand who can get the best out of the horse, and surroundings that impress buyers; and the owner doesn't need to spend time arranging viewings, answering questions, or being at viewings.
The deal should, however, like any business transaction, be recorded in a document that covers all the points. Writing it down not only protects both sides from later disagreement about what the terms were, but also protects the yard owner's livery business, in that the yard owner has recourse to the horse owner if something goes wrong (such as the horse damages his stable). Additionally, the terms of the livery are recorded, which not only gives the horse owner an expectation of additional costs on top of the sale commission, but also sets out the obligations of the horse owner.
When to use this document
It is usually yard owners who set the terms of a commission agreement (and thus use this template), but there is no reason why a horse owner could not use this document to gain more favorable terms with a seller who does not have a standard sale agreement.
Although this document is drawn to protect the yard owner's interests as strongly as possible, the draftsman has also considered what your clients will think when you send it to them. It is written in non-legalistic language. Even though horse owners will not worry that they have to see a solicitor before they sign, the legal effect remains strong.
Agreement features and contents
Key features of this agreement include:
- the yard owner can choose to evaluate the horse before accepting the instruction to sell
- A choice of alternative commission arrangements including fixed sum and percentage of the sale price
- the procedure for selling is covered in full
The contents of this agreement include:
- Identification of the parties to the contract
- The agreement
- Owner warranties regarding the health of the horse and lack of vices
- Obligations of the owner
- Failure to pay fees
- Horse owner's indemnification
- Care and sale of the horse
- Payment after a vet's certificate
- Commission on sale
- Disclaimers and limitation of liability
- Veterinary and medical call out
- Miscellaneous legal provisions
- Schedule 1: details about the horse
- Schedule 2: livery arrangements and costs
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.
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