205: Operating Lease
Property Management Policy & Procedure Manual
Section 200: Equipment Acquisition
To identify the responsibilities associated with leased or rented equipment.
An operating lease allows the acquisition and use of equipment in a quickly changing technological area while avoiding ownership of equipment that may become obsolete.
For Service Centers and Auxiliaries, operating leases permit the use of equipment without the obligation to own and fund reserves and steady the operational cash flow and associated expense reports.
An agreement for the right to use property for a specified period at a specified cost. Title remains with the lessor. At no time does the lessee build equity in the property.
All lease agreements must be approved by the OSU Contracts Office. The lease agreement should specify whether or not OSU is responsible for insuring the equipment. OSU assumes no responsibility for leased or rented equipment unless a responsibility is specifically stated in the contract or written agreement. Only then does OSU insure the equipment against theft or damage. Property control, security, and administration of the equipment are the lessor’s responsibility.