Subcontractors play a critical role on construction sites, here in Jacksonville and throughout the country. From plumbers to roofers to drywallers, subcontractors perform a variety of tasks that fill critical labor needs and enhance the process of building a structure. However, the life of subcontractor is difficult. They are on the bottom of the payment chain, completely reliant on contractors to get paid for their work. Oftentimes, they have to hope that contractors run their business in such a way that the expectation of prompt payment is always met.
Luckily, there are a number of tactics that subcontractors can use to increase the likelihood of getting paid on jobs. Below are a couple tips to consider. Visit part two of this series for more tips.
Examine the Contractor’s Financial Health
Before a project starts, you should investigate whether or not a contractor has a history of non-payment. Beyond that, is the contractor showing signs that prompt payment may be an issue. Are invoices not getting paid in a timely manner? Are you having more disputes involving money? These could be signs that the contractor is having a financial issue. Prepare yourself now. Review the contract closely and get the help of one of the Jacksonville construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law.
Send a Preliminary Notice
Before the 20-day mark of a project, send a preliminary notice to the owner. This notice informs the owner that you are establishing your right to file a mechanic’s lien, if not paid. By doing this, you indicate to an owner the expectation of payment and the consequences of non-payment. This can greatly increase your likelihood of getting paid as no one wants a lien filed against their property. If payment is not made in the proper timeframe, send a notice of intent to lien. If that doesn’t work, then it’s time to exercise your mechanic’s lien rights.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.