Top Five Tips When Engaging Contractors and Subcontractors
Recently, Attorneys Patrick Reilly and Zachary Fowler successfully defended a local business in a contractor dispute. Their client ran into difficulties with a general contractor who failed to pay one of the subcontractors after completing construction of a new building. In response, the subcontractor sued their client. Attorneys Reilly and Fowler were able to have the claim dismissed since the general contractor was in breach of contract and in violation of the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act.
What should I know when engaging in agreements with contractors and subcontractors?
- Be diligent when researching the right general contractor for the job.
- Insist on a written contract with the general contractor (not the subcontractors), including a provision waiving the contractor’s and subcontractors’ rights in filing a mechanics’ lien.
- Have all contracts reviewed by an attorney before signing.
- Pay all bills due and owing in full to the general contractor, who will in turn be responsible for paying the subcontractors.
- If possible, only interact with subcontractors through the general contractor.