Learn All About the Owner-Operator Lease Agreement

Standardized Legal Documents Learn All About the Owner-Operator Lease Agreement

An Owner-Operator Lease Agreement Explained

Many truck drivers have their own freight transport business and work as owner operators. Companies and individuals who want to rent their services must be willing to sign an owner-operator lease agreement.

Understanding an owner-operator lease agreement can be tricky. If you want to know the essentials of this legal document, you are in the right place! DoNotPay will explain the basics and teach you how to create many other legal documents!

What Is an Owner-Operator Lease Agreement?

An owner-operator lease agreement is a contract that outlines the terms for leasing an owner-operator’s driving services. An owner-operator represents an independent freight transport driver who leases hauling services to other companies. Owner-operators are typically in charge of:

  • Loading and unloading their vehicles
  • Scheduling pickups
  • Identifying routes
  • Transporting goods according to the contract terms
  • Handling vehicle maintenance and repairs
  • Securing licenses and insurances
  • Keeping tax records

Having an owner-operator lease agreement helps avoid any misunderstanding regarding the use and maintenance of the vehicle. By signing it, both the lesser and the lessee agree to follow the terms and conditions of the contract.

What To Watch Out for When Entering an Owner-Operator Lease Agreement?

One of the quickest ways for a company to increase its fleet capacity is to hire owner-operators. While often practical, entering an owner-operator lease agreement can be disadvantageous for both the owner-operator and the carrier. To ensure satisfaction on both sides, the involved parties must be aware of what the lease agreement entails. 

Take a look at what both parties need to pay attention to when entering an owner-operator lease agreement:

The Party Involved in the Owner Operator Lease Agreement

What They Should Know

The carrierThe carrier needs to be careful not to treat a leased owner-operator the same as they would an employee. That’s why, in most cases, the carrier won’t require the owner-operator to do something beyond what is established by the lease agreement 
The owner-operatorThe owner-operator company needs to take care of maintaining certain standards. If an owner-operator under a lease forgets to complete the logbook or makes a traffic violation, it reflects the carrier’s safety data. For that reason, most companies that hire owner-operators expect them to meet specific standards

How To Write an Owner Operator Lease Agreement

Every owner-operator lease agreement has to follow a specific structure. Companies entering an owner-operator lease agreement should specify the following:

  1. Parties involved in the agreement
  2. Duration of the lease
  3. Equipment involved
  4. Exclusive possession and control by the carrier during the term of the lease
  5. Lease termination procedures, including the immediate removal of the carrier’s name when the lease ends
  6. Compensation method and pay rate of the owner-operator. The rules for payment are:
    • The payment method must be clearly stated in the lease (according to tons, trips, mileage, or percentage of revenue)
    • The payment period longer than 15 days from submitting proof of delivery is not allowed
    • The lease agreement must include the “right to inspect” carrier billing if the payment is based on the revenue percentage
  7. Chargebacks the carrier will initially pay and then charge against the owner-operator
  8. That purchasing service or equipment from the carrier is not a condition for the lease agreement
  9. Carrier’s legal obligation to have and maintain public liability and cargo insurance
  10. The party that holds responsibility for other types of insurance, such as bobtail coverage
  11. Deductions that will be made to the owner operator’s settlement in case of property damage
  12. Terms of using escrow funds

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Other Lease Agreements and Documents You May Need

Lease agreements can be complicated. Whether you want to rent a vehicle, condo, or farm land, you should know what you are getting yourself into. and check out our comprehensive articles regarding: 

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