Trying to get paid retention from a general contractor
Sep 13, 2018
Great question! According to California's requirements, retainage amounts must be paid to the prime contractor within 45 days of completion of project. Once paid, the contractor must pay their subs within 10 days of receiving all or part of a retention payment.
However, if there's a good faith dispute over all or part of a progress or final payment, the direct contractor may withhold an amount not in excess of 150 percent of the disputed amount. If you have any other questions about California's construction payment rules, feel free to ask them here or to browse Levelset's Payment Resources for California.
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