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Hi all, Your very useful database of retainage limits for all 50 states indicates there is no limit by state law in Massachusetts for private jobs. On the other hand, we have known that since 2014 Massachusetts, via Senate Bill 2271 has limited retainage to 5% on private projects over $3MM. I can’t find any info indicating the law was repealed or changed. I tried contacting your customer service folks but got a "not my job" response that directed me here. You may want to look into it. I'd be curious why the website lists retainage in Massachusetts the way it does. ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentOct 13, 2021
MassachusettsRetainage
Hello, We are trying to get more info about the process of filing a lien on a home. We are a subcontractor that was hired by a contractor to do work on a home. The contractor has been paid in full by the homeowner but the contractor has not paid us. He was past 180 days over due. When we file a lien do we need to put the homeowners name or contractor? A few things to add: When we started the project we did NOT have the contractor sign any agreement (mistake on our part I know) We do have proof of the work completed such as pictures,texts , and emails. The GC has stated he was paid in full so we know that....Read More
Anonymous Subcontractor
1 answerAdd commentSep 16, 2021
MassachusettsMechanics Lien
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 am a contractor working on a public municipal roadway project that is funded federally & by the state of MA. The community development agency "owner" is withholding my total payment application for 60+ days past due to clarifications on employee info from onsite visits. So far there have been no issues just clarification after clarification with a new one after one has been answered. We are a union company as well as our subcontractor that is receiving these info requests. They refuse to pay anything until they are completely satisficed with all there responses meanwhile we paid all of our employees. What are the laws for this situation? ...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentSep 3, 2021
MassachusettsPay Applications
I have a mechanic lein on a property It has been two years do I have the right to charge interest?...Read More
Anonymous Subcontractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentAug 23, 2021
MassachusettsBack ChargesMechanics Lien
If you bond off a mechanic's lien, and then they don't file suit within 90 days, how do you resolve the bond? Do you have to get something from the court that says no suit was filed and then record that? Do you use 15A?...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentSep 2, 2021
MassachusettsMechanics Lien
I am a small contractor. Completed a garage / master bedroom addition on a private residence. Did not get change orders only verbal agreements to do more work. Customer is refusing to pay a portion of the extras based on back charges on for punch list items they decided to complete themselves without informing me....Read More
Michael DeLucia
1 answerAdd commentAug 26, 2021
Massachusetts
On April 2019 my company, Granados Handyman and Construction LLC, began work at Iglesia Santidad Jesus Viene Pronto under a contract signed by Pastor Felix. The contract required several down payments to made throughout the course of the work. As the work progressed we had only received portions of the amounts that were due. There were several changes of order throughout the course of the which inevitably surpassed the original budget set in the contract. The pandemic ended all work for the time being and money was still owed. Throughout that time and after we had not heard back from the church to address their outstanding balance. We reached out once again in an attempt to solve this issue within ourselves and agreed to have a sit-down meeting to review all invoices that had been provided to them. Part of the outstanding balance had been paid in cash that day, but the remainder had been held back until we agreed to continue working. As we continued working, there were no attempts to pay the money owed. We later requested that payment of all the money due up to date to be made in order to proceed with the work. Later, we came to find out that work continued at the building under our company’s building permit without any supervision or approval from me putting my license at stake. We were left with no option but pull my license and inform the Lynn City Hall that we were no longer performing any work at that location. As time went on, we still had not received any further payments for the work completed at the building for more than a year. Until this date a total of $14,000 is still owed by the church....Read More
Anonymous General Contractor
1 answerAdd commentAug 24, 2021
Massachusetts
We had a prefab addition put on our current home . We contracted and paid in full the agreed amount for the completed addition with a company known as RDA Modular Homes. We are getting ready to sell the property and our realtor brought to our attention a contractors lien on the deed. We do not recall receiving any notification of the lien. We believe that the lien was placed on the property by one of the subcontractors of RDA Modular Homes. One question I have is it legal to apply a contractor's lien against a property for services that I paid RDA Modular Homes in full for? My second question is how many times can I be held liable to pay for the same service....Read More
Anonymous Contractor
1 answerAdd commentAug 17, 2021
MassachusettsConstruction Contract
If a contractor fails to file a lien and the property where work was completed is sold (and re-sold) many months later, can a city or town in MA hold up providing services? My town is claiming that a contractor who trenched and install water lines was never paid. They are refusing to connect up a water meter and start service till they are paid (claim the contractor owns the pipes). The original builder lost the property to his commercial lending bank, who then sold it to me. No liens were ever filed. If the town is legally able to withhold services, can I demand the contractor come dig up and remove his pipes from my property? ;)...Read More
Kevin Keras
1 answerAdd commentAug 11, 2021
MassachusettsMechanics Lien
Hello I have a question. Is it okay for a homeowner to fire me because we are taking to long to do a retaining wall ?show up to the job site and they had another company out there . I did do a basic contract with them . We only had 2 days left to complete the wall They owe us $7500 after the completion. I’m out right now with total loss of rentals and labor about $4000...Read More
Anonymous Contractor
Waiting for answerAdd commentAug 10, 2021
MassachusettsConstruction Contract
Project complete, trying to apply for just retainage using g702 and g703...Read More
Kiley Burke
1 answerAdd commentJul 28, 2021
Massachusetts
I have an IT company which is doing services for a large telecom ISP, and I am contracted through a 3rd party based in MA. They owe me in excess of $100K and are refusing to pay, after I have invoiced, unless my team does additional work which was not part of the initial contract. Am I still eligible for the 'prompt pay act' even though the total is under $3Million?...Read More
Stephen Ternes
1 answerAdd commentJul 20, 2021
MassachusettsTools & Software
I work for a restoration company, in which we have two departments, mitigation and reconstruction. The home owner in question owes both departments. We billed the insurance company separately for work completed but the monies owed are under the same claim#. The money owed is ultimately paid to the same place. Do I place one or two mech liens?...Read More
Anonymous General Contractor
1 answerAdd commentJul 22, 2021
Massachusetts