Equipment Lease Types
A capital lease is long-term and non-cancellable and is used to lease equipment that the company wants to use in the long term or purchase at the end of the lease period. In this lease, the lessee is responsible for maintaining the asset and paying any insurance and taxes associated with the equipment.
An operating lease is usually short-term and cancellable before the expiry of the lease period. It is common for businesses that want to use the equipment for a short period or replace the equipment at the end of the lease. The lessor retains ownership of the equipment and bears the risk of obsolescence.