Good morning. We are a Electrical Contractor in Fl and I have a question regarding conditional releases. We routinely setup job accounts with suppliers. The suppliers in turn issue NTO's to owners and the GC's. We have had a few situations where the GC with withhold payment (to us) until they receive a unconditional release from said supplier. We pay the supplier with the monies received from the GC so we are in a constant loop where the GC will withold payment to us until we pay our supplier. Is this legal? Is there a workaround for this? I would love to have you guys at my disposal, it seems that you are well versed. Thank you
The answer really depends on what your subcontract says. Does it require you to provide unconditional releases for your suppliers BEFORE you are paid? If so, then you have your answer. But if that is the case, there are two workarounds: (1) negotiate better subcontract language so you provide unconditional releases AFTER you are paid, or (2) find better GCs to work for.