We are a subcontractor in California. We have a contract with the general contractor. We completed the job two years ago and did not get our final payment. Can the homeowner sue us if we have no contract with them?
Apr 19, 2019
First, I'm sorry to hear you've gone unpaid. Everyone deserves to be paid what they earn. But that's an interesting situation, and I'm not quite sure I fully understand the circumstances here. Regardless - it's possible for a subcontractor to be sued directly by the property owner for a variety of reasons, and a subcontractor's potential liability to a homeowner isn't completely diminished by the fact that a subcontractor was hired by a GC rather than the owner themselves. As for payment recovery - there may be methods for recovering payment that's long overdue. Some of those options are discussed here: Can’t File a Lien? Here Are Some Other Options For Recovery.