Terms and Conditions

version 1.0; last modified July 2018

By using this website, you’re agreeing to these terms. If you don’t accept the terms, please don’t ask us to find you a Local Hero or continue to use the website. We recommend that you print these terms and conditions from time to time and keep a copy. You should do the same for any terms and conditions given to you by your Local Hero.

At Local Heroes, we care about privacy and we protect your personal data. We want to be transparent about how we use your personal data, so before you read our Terms and Conditions, we want to point out that Bord Gáis Energy Limited, along with its affiliate British Gas Services Limited, are the data controllers of your personal data. Although our Privacy policy does not form part of the contract between you and Local Heroes, we recommend that you read our Privacy policy, to understand how we collect and use your personal data and your data protection rights.

We also draw your attention to the following important sections:

1. The Local Heroes

All Local Heroes are vetted when they sign up and agree to a code of conduct. Details of what we check and the code of conduct can be found on the website.

We act as an introducer between you (the customer) and the Local Hero and these terms are for the use by you of the Local Heroes website only. The terms on which the work or repair is completed are as agreed between you and the Local Hero directly.

We remind all Local Heroes to give customers a copy of their terms and conditions, if applicable, when they provide a quote. If your Local Hero hasn’t, please ask before you accept the quote. In the event of a conflict between these website terms and the Local Hero terms, the Local Hero terms will prevail, except in relation to job booking, payment and the guarantee where sections 3, 4 and 6 of these terms will prevail and take precedence.

You should be aware that although we will make best efforts to introduce you to a trusted Local Heroes the ultimate responsibility lies with you in ensuring you are happy with the terms on which the work will be completed and that the Local Hero is equipped to do the work you need.

Specifically we do not:

  • Credit check the company or individuals
  • Check the bankruptcy history of the individual Local Heroes or directors of the company
  • Carry out any criminal checks
  • Perform a full risk assessment of each individual Local Hero
  • Validate all documentation supplied by the Local Heroes (e.g. Insurance certificates and qualification) to ensure they are not fraudulent

Should you have any doubts with the Local Hero then you should cancel the job and let us know. We will then investigate the Local Hero and take appropriate action, potentially removing them from the website.

2. Prices shown on this website

Any prices shown on this website are best effort estimates only, based on the information you have given us and our data but are to be used as guidelines only.

The prices shown on the website are not a commitment to carry out the work at that estimated price.

Your selected Local Hero will assess the work required and provide an updated, formal quote, before carrying out the work and you must agree to such quote before any work commences. You have the right to cancel the work any time before the work is actually carried out, although in some cases please be aware that a cancellation charge may apply (see section 3 below).

3. Job booking, cancellation and charges

Booking

The process for booking a Local Hero is as follows:

  • You enter a description of the job you need doing and based on this information an initial price estimate will be generated and, if the estimate is acceptable you will be matched with a Local Hero to do the work for you
  • When you click “Find a Hero” you consent to sharing your personal information with the Local Heroes in your area to service your request. In the first instance this is limited to your postcode only
  • If a Local Hero accepts the job, we’ll match you and at this point we’ll pass on your name, address and contact number, so that the Local Hero can contact you directly to discuss the request. Depending on the nature of the work request, the Local Hero may be able to provide you with a quote over the phone. If you agree the phone quote the Local Hero will then agree with you when to carry out the work
  • Some jobs may require a visit before a quote can be given. This is to be agreed between you and the Local Hero. If a visit is required, when the Local Hero arrives at your property they will assess the job and provide you with a formal quote. If you accept the formal quote they will then agree with you when to carry out the work

Diagnostic fee

Even after a site visit, some jobs need a bit more investigation before a quote can be given for the full work. If the Local Hero needs to investigate further they will give you a quote for the time they need to investigate, this is a diagnostic fee and not a call out charge. If you choose not to proceed with the work, you will be required to pay the diagnostic fee. If you do not want to pay the diagnostic fee, you should either cancel the job or not accept the quote.

Once the Local Hero has diagnosed the issue, they will be able to provide you with an updated detailed quote for the work, and if you would like to go ahead, you should accept the quote at that time.

Rescheduling

If you need to reschedule your job just ask your Local Hero. Once you’ve agreed another time, your Local Hero will be able to change the date and time and send you an updated booking confirmation.

Cancellation and charges

You can cancel the job at any point of this process, but if you cancel the job after accepting the quote you may be charged a cancellation charge, and/or reasonable costs for work already carried out or materials already purchased and/or a restocking fee.

To cover any reasonable inconvenience to the Local Hero, a cancellation charge will also apply if the Local Hero cannot gain access to your premises. In this case, they will try and call you and will wait a minimum of 10 minutes, but they will leave if they still cannot get access after this time.

Quality checks

From time to time we may ask an independent third party to quality check the work completed by the Local Hero to ensure it is safe and conforms to the latest regulations and standards.

If we choose to quality check the work the Local Hero has done on your property, we will pass your information to our trusted third party to get in touch to arrange a suitable time to visit you. You are under no obligation to agree but we encourage quality checks to be carried out when offered.

4. Payment

Once the work is completed, you should make payment as soon as possible using the link we email to you. This will take you to the payment site provided by out trusted third party payment provider Stripe Payments EU Limited (“Stripe”).

Only Stripe sees your payment details and no payment details are stored by us. The communications between you and Stripe use secure SSL encryption to ensure your transaction is safe. Stripe is also an authorised and regulated company.

You should only ever pay for the work through a payment request from LocalHeroes.ie. The link will be sent to you on completion of the work.

Do not pay the Local Hero directly through any other method e.g. cash, cheque or debit or credit card, in person or over the phone. Should you do so; any guarantee for the work will no longer be backed by Bord Gáis Energy Limited and we may not be able to assist if you encounter any issues with the service or the Local Hero.

If your Local Hero attempts to encourage you to make payment outside of the platform, please notify us immediately via our website here.

5. Getting into your property

The Local Hero will only work on your property if there’s someone 18 years old or older present at all times during the visit.

It’s your responsibility to give the Local Hero access to your property. If they can’t get access they won’t be able to complete the work and it is then up to you to arrange another appointment with the Local Hero, and the Local Hero may charge you a cancellation fee.

6. 12 month guarantee

The work carried out and the parts supplied and fitted by the Local Hero are guaranteed by them for a period of 12 months from the date the work is completed, unless you are notified otherwise by the Local Hero, for example if the job is just a temporary fix. Parts that you supply yourself are not guaranteed.

If anything should go wrong, you must first contact the original Local Hero who carried out the job. They must be given a reasonable opportunity to resolve any issues first. If they are not available in a reasonable timescale, then we will find another Local Hero for you. To find out more about the 12 month guarantee backed by Bord Gáis Energy Limited, click here.

This guarantee does not affect your statutory rights under the Consumer Protection Act 2007, if applicable and any laws that replace it. If you want independent advice about your rights, you can speak to Citizens Information or the European Consumer Centre.

7. Complaints

If you wish to make a complaint about the work, you should in the first instance contact the Local Hero directly to try to resolve the issue. If you are unable to get in touch with your Local Hero in a reasonable timescale, please get in touch with us through our Get in touch page and we will do our best to help you.

Please note however that as the terms and conditions for the work are as agreed between you and the Local Hero which we are not party to, any dispute or conflict in relation to the condition or quality of the work, or the way it was completed is ultimately your responsibility. We are under no obligation to provide you with a refund or compensation.

8. Our liability

Nothing in these terms limits our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation or for any matter that we cannot exclude or limit as a matter of law.

We provide the website free of charge and on an “as is” basis. We introduce customers to tradespeople to provide the services described on the website, and are not responsible or liable for the end services that are provided.

Therefore, to the extent permitted by law, (a) we disclaim any warranties, express or implied, and (b) other than as set out above, we are not liable for any loss or damage — direct or indirect and whether arising in contract, tort, or otherwise — even if we have been advised of the possibility of this loss or damage.

These limitations don’t affect your statutory rights under the Consumer Protection Act 2007, if applicable and any laws that replace it. If you want independent advice about your rights, you can speak to Citizens Information or the European Consumer Centre.

9. If we need to talk to you

From time to time, we might need to contact you about your job request or booking. We’ll normally do that over email, which is why we need a valid email address from you if you agree to take a service through the website.

10. If you need to talk to us

You can contact us through our Get in touch page on the website.

11. Changes to terms

We have the right to remove any service on our website at any time; we may also change the price estimates of the services. We don’t have to give any notice, and if we do remove a service, we won’t be responsible or liable to you.

We also have the right to change these terms and conditions at any time, for example if we change our processes or if there are changes to laws or regulations which require us to update them. The terms and conditions applying to your use of the service will be those in force at the time you request a Local Hero.

12. Intellectual Property rights

The copyright, trademarks and all other intellectual property rights in the material contained on this website belong to us or their licensed owner. This includes database rights, design rights, rights in know-how, rights in inventions (whether registered or unregistered), patents and all rights to apply for registration.

You are permitted to use this material or content only as expressly authorised in writing by us or our licensors. You will not, and you will not assist or facilitate any third party to, copy, reproduce, transmit, distribute, frame, commercially exploit or create derivative works of such material or content. If you become aware of any such distribution or commercial exploitation, you agree to notify us immediately.

The images, logos and names on this website are to identify us, or any other organisation and their products and services. They’re our trademarks or the trademarks of the other organisation. Nothing on this website gives anyone any licence or right to use any image, logo or name.

13. Jurisdiction and laws

The services described on this website are only available in the Republic of Ireland and these terms and conditions are bound by the laws of the Republic of Ireland.

14. Monitoring phone calls and emails

We may monitor and record our calls and emails, so we can find out where we need to improve and check we’re keeping to our normal practises and procedures.

15. Who owns this website?

LocalHeroes.ie is a Bord Gáis Energy website but is owned and supported by British Gas Services Limited and is licensed for use to Bord Gáis Energy Limited. Both British Gas and Bord Gáis Energy Limited are Centrica Plc businesses and affiliated with each other.

Bord Gáis Energy Limited’s registered office is One Warrington Place, Dublin 2.

Our registered company number is 463078.

16. Things to know

Although we do our best to check all the information on this website, mistakes do happen – so we can’t warrant that all the information is accurate or complete. We won’t be responsible for checking that the information is accurate or complete, or if any person relies on the information.

We do not warrant that the functions on this website, or which you can access from this website, will be uninterrupted or free from errors, that we will correct any errors, or that this website or the server that makes it available are virus or bug free or represent the full functionality (range), accuracy and reliability of the materials. We are not responsible if you cannot access or use the site due to the failure of any machine, data-processing system or transmission link, any period of maintenance, change, repairs, alteration to or failure of computer systems, any industrial dispute or anything beyond our reasonable control.