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Who can I sue for my money .

Washington

I started a project and was paid 50% to start and we agreed both on writing and messages that the other 50% would be due when project was done . This was done with the homeowners. We finished the project and the contractor said he needed couple weeks to pay us because he was broke. He gave us $3,000 of the remaining $8,250 we are owed, it’s been 2 days since that happened, he didn’t give us a receipt or paper with how much left he owes us , the homeowners apologized and said the other half was the contractors responsibility, so we are in a bind . I have workers to pay and can not wait . Can I sue both the homeowners and contractor? Or just the contractor.

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Jan 12, 2021
Under WA law the contractor co. has to carry a $12,500 bond.
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Jan 12, 2021
If you gave the owner a pre-claim notice as required by statute and if you are a registered contractor in Washington, you can file a lien. You can also sue the contractor's bond but not the owner since you did not have a contract with the owner. Neither course of action will get immediate results.
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Jan 12, 2021
If your contract for the remaining 50 percent was with the owner, then you could sue both the owner and your contractor.
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