Final Payment request question, subcontractor

5 months ago

Good afternoon, I am writing up a proposal and under my conditions I want to state that the general contractor should pay final payment within 10 days. Does this sound right too you ” final payment due within 10 days of payment request”? I read on your site about payments for sub contractors and it states subs must be paid within 10 days of final payment request. Thank you

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It sounds like you’re referring to California’s retainage deadline. California’s retainage laws require that a GC make final payment to their subcontractors within 10 days of the GC receiving payment, themselves. So, it’s important to note when that 10-day period begins to run – from the GC’s receipt of payment, and not based simply on when the sub has requested final payment. You can find a little more detail on that and California’s other retainage considerations here: California Retainage Guide and FAQs.

As for how, exactly, to word that in a proposal – I’m afraid I’m not able to advise you on how to draft your proposal or agreement. But, note that less is often more. Drafting an agreement or proposal with simple language can help to avoid confusion or frustration about the expected terms and obligations under the agreement. And, of course, consulting with a California construction lawyer – like one of these California Construction Payment Experts – could help with drafting your project documentation.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is not legal advice and should not be construed as such. Rather, this content is provided for informational purposes. Do not act on this information as if it is advice. Further, this post does not create any attorney-client relationship. If you do need legal advice, seek the help of a local attorney.
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