Been dealing with a nightmare contractor. They have been paid in full in December and as of 1/26/18 got the COC signed indicating i owe them 0 but i put in it as of 1/24/18 sub contractor has not been paid. They have promised to send payment multiple times and i spoke the sub and they still have not been paid. The Sub back in October did file the 20 day preliminary notice but has not filed an actual lien yet. The owner said he would contact me first. The contractor is giving me the run around. It seems like other states the law favors the contractor and sub contractor not the homeowner. What can i do to force the contractor to pay so I can get a lien release from the sub? If i want to go after the surety bond it appears i might have to sue, again not homeowner friendly.