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How do I know if I am receiving the correct prevailing wage for work done for a public works contract under Mass. Gen. Laws ch 149 §27F Trash collection Five year contract began in 2018. The prevailing wage rate sheet has three rates : one for 7/2017 (year before we began contract or were awarded it) 7/2018 and 7/2019. The most updated rate sheet for the contract has 3 annual rate increases beginning with 7/2021 through 7/2023. This rate sheet was not made available. Nobody can answer my question at the employer and they do not have the most updated sheet posted. Neither rate sheet has a pay rate for the year 7/2020. The rate sheet provide at beginning of contract and only sheet provided or posted contains rate for 7/2017 which is a year prior to our work there. Strange that neither sheet contains 2020 rates and would like to know if this is irregular/ why have we not had rate increase since 2029 despite annual increases during duration of five year contract ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentOct 1, 2022
MassachusettsPrevailing Wages
I am restoration contractor who did emergency mitigation for the homeowner. We have all the documents signed along with the photos. We billed his insurance company but the insurance company sent a check to the mortgage company. The homeowner who hired and signed the documents is not answering the call now. We have already filed a lien on the property for $11000 and just sending the levelset documents for lien enforcement. How should I proceed with this situation?...Read More
Kishor Duwal
3 answersAdd commentAug 8, 2022
MassachusettsForeclosureLien Foreclosure
We are a material supplier to this job, and we have not gotten paid in full for our material. Our last invoice was in June. It looks like we missed our lien deadline. Is there anything else we can do to proceed with payment?...Read More
Anonymous Material Supplier
Waiting for answerAdd commentSep 20, 2022
MassachusettsLien Deadlines
Subcontractor working on jobs in Mass with contract value under $3 million...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentSep 19, 2022
MassachusettsRetainage
I installed temporary construction fence for a home builder on his site. He paid the first invoice. The second invoice was extended rental and damaged fence panels. He will not return any phone calls or texts. I would like to put a lien on the property. I'm not sure if the home has been sold or not....Read More
Anonymous Subcontractor
2 answersAdd commentAug 23, 2022
Massachusetts
We had to file a lien on our customer for non-payment. Lien amount is for $28,200.00. They want to pay part now ($20,725.00) and the remainder in 5 business days. They told us the following: When the payment of $20,725.00 is made to Universe, the lien of $28,925.00 becomes invalid as payment would be received by Universe at that point. Given the attempt of a meeting of the minds by NSC, we respectfully ask that the lien of $28,925.00 be removed once the $20,725.00 is received by Universe....Read More
Beth Copeland
4 answersAdd commentSep 9, 2022
Massachusetts
Contractor hires a sub-cotractor to do work for a homeowner. How long does the contractor have to submit sub-contractor's invoice to homeowner ? Thanks ! ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
2 answersAdd commentNov 16, 2019
MassachusettsPrompt PaymentRecovery OptionsSlow Payment
Hi I hired a general contractor to redo my bathroom, and do a walk in shower. I requested a signed contract but he ignored my request, but furnished me with a detailed estimate. The floor of the tiled shower was not pitched right, neither was the shower threshold, and water was pooling. He redid it once and still not right. I hired a professional tiler to redo/repair it and it cost $1500. We discovered he had tiled over tile the second time! I also had the tiler replace the threshold at the bathroom entrance which was crooked which cost $290. He had also walked off the job with the doorway unpainted and back splash to vanity not installed. He only deducted $1000 off of the bill for shower repair. He added costs to the bill unexpected like $100 for installing the toilet holder and mirror. $50 for "adjusting window" that wasn't on the estimate. He had told me he would take $500 off the bill in May for the fact we had 110V for washing machine (a European all in one) and he had priced for 220V. He didn't in the final invoice. He charged us $100 to vacuum up the debris that fell on my downstairs kitchen ceiling (that has a removable panel in case of plumbing issues) when he has "cleanup" as a part of his estimate. Now he is saying unless he gets the full amount he invoiced me for, he will place a contractor's lien on Monday. I have just been approved for financing for a line of credit but haven't closed yet. I am worried this will mess that up. I planned on sending him a detailed certified letter and paying him the balance after deducting the cost of the tiler, and maint man to finish painting and install the back splash. I have been told I have the Right of Recoupement. Can he still file a lien without a signed contract? I want to deduct the larger amount for the shower repair, plus the other things I mentioned, but don't want a lien on my hose. He will NOT negotiate at all. What can I do? ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentAug 21, 2019
MassachusettsChange OrdersPayment Disputes
Hi, if the 90 days for a mechanic's lien has expired, what do I need to file at the registry of deeds to put the world on notice that the lien has been dissolved? Thanks!...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
2 answersAdd commentSep 8, 2021
MassachusettsMechanics Lien
I hired as a licensed and insured contractor in Feb 2021 to help with renovations on a home built in 1890 that I was purchasing; he started work on or about April 14, 2021. When I initially engaged the contractor, I checked his license on the HIC website and he had a valid HIC license. We shared a mutual friend, and I had no reason to believe he would not renew his license when required. After he failed to complete work, properly fix damages made by his minor son, or ensure his work passed building codes, I did additional research and found his license expired on April 7, 2021. He convinced me that since I was hiring the electrician and plumber, I had to take out the general building permit and he would take out others needed. During the 10 mnts he was employed, work was either not completed, not completed per our multiple discussions, or will not pass inspection. Issues were brought to his attention as they came up. I repeatedly and explicitly gave the contractor directions to not do any weatherproofing or further installation of insulation which he continued to do when I was upstairs working. I finally terminated working with him and two weeks after I paid his final bill – minus the charges for his son who was on the job site to learn – he “found more receipts.” In his letter, he informed me that I was required to pay the balance for his son and for these new receipts. He provided a couple of receipts with the price column covered and stated that if I did not pay in 10 days, he would file a mechanics lean on my home to ensure payment. At that point, I started researching my rights as a consumer and found Mr. Zaikis to be in violation of many requirements/Massachusetts General Law (MGL) of a home improvement contractor billing in excess of $1000. I reviewed all receipts and bills closer and found he was double charging, up charging pass-through costs, etc. I want to go after him for misrepresenting himself to get the job, failing to maintain his license, etc. but after finding out after the fact that he did not maintain proper workman's comp, etc I am worried. All other contractors hired had proper insurance, workman's comp, licensing, etc....Read More
Anonymous Contractor
2 answersAdd commentAug 12, 2022
MassachusettsConstruction ContractLawsuitLicensesRecovery Options
I am a materials supplier and have not been paid in full by our customer (subcontractor) . The project owner is a power line company and the project was to replace power line poles. The job strectched over multiple counties/jurisdications so we have no single property to attach a lien. What are my options to get a lien filed? ...Read More
Anonymous Material Supplier
1 answerAdd commentAug 10, 2022
MassachusettsMechanics Lien
I am an excavation contractor that often works by renting my equipment out to a customer by the day with an operator. This is a common practice today, practiced more and more by similar companies in the wake of the rapidly changing costs of operating and construction materials. I have worked for a particular customer several times in the past in the exact same fashion providing a daily invoice for the equipment and I have been paid by this customer. I was asked at the end of a particular project on the customer’s residence to do some additional work, which she listed out . I executed the requested work under the customers supervision and once it was completed, I invoiced the customer for the machinery used , providing a separate invoice for each day at the exact same rates that this customer had agreed to previously and paid for previously. After chasing the customer for a week plus, she decided to text me that she wasn’t going to pay me any additional monies because she didn’t have the money. I do not have a written contract with the customer because I was simply renting her the equipment with an operator and she had several times previously acknowledged the rates and paid the invoices provided without any issues whatsoever. She requested the additional use of the equipment and acknowledged the rates and even further provided me a list of her specific tasks that she wanted done. Her property was drastically improved by my efforts and it’s value was drastically increased. She has since started the process of putting her home up for sale, creating an unjust enrichment situation for certain. Can I put a mechanics lien on her property. An auto mechanic can put a mechanics lien on a car without a contract if he or she did work on that car. The work requested was completed and my rates and invoicing practices were acknowledged and previously accepted and paid. ...Read More
Anonymous Equipment Lessor
Waiting for answerAdd commentJul 30, 2022
Massachusetts
We received a performance bond that did not include dates or signatures from the principal or the surety. What is the legitimacy of this bond should we "accept"? The bond also has an incorrect seal (listing an incorrect surety company on the POA and the seal vs who was listed as the surety)....Read More
Anonymous Material Supplier
Waiting for answerAdd commentJun 28, 2022
Massachusetts
I am a Sub who worked for a GC they claim that they need to provide ownership with what my base rate that I paid my crew; in order to pay me the extension of work. The project was delay 4 additional weeks. The GC made a mistake and the schedule was miscalculated. We provided all the labor needed but now they are refusing to pay me. ...Read More
Anonymous Subcontractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentJun 9, 2022
Massachusetts
We are an operable wall company based in the state of Texas. We have been hired by a hotel in MA to repair some of their walls. We are considered to be a specialty contractor. What type of license are we required to have to perform the repairs? You can visit our website: www.alliedairwall.com to get a better idea of what we do....Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJun 7, 2022
Massachusetts