If a subcontractor does not pay a material supplier who has not filed a preliminary notice with the owner of the property, does the material supplier have any means to get money from the owner of the property where the material has been installed?
I am the sub who is behind paying for his material because of disputes on another project. A rep from the supplier came to the job and threatened to lien the property. I tried to get an installment agreement to pay off the debt. The monthly I could afford was not enough so they demanded payment in full or else they would lien the property and go after my license. The general contractor freaked and paid them 5,000 and I was supposed to match that to keep the supplier from releasing the hounds. Well I somehow scraped that up but missed my mortgage payment which disqualified me from getting an equity loan which would have paid them off. I had already put time and money into making repairs on my house to qualify. Now the general wants to pay them again and deduct that from money that he owes me. I do not believe that the material supplier filed a preliminary notice, hence my question. Thank you.