I am a general contractor who just completed a project in Bethlehem Pennsylvania on 4/20/21. I have (5) other projects in other states and they are behind on our payment terms. The intent to lien will be in excess of $500,000 but I owe subcontractors $400,000. I am worried subcontractors will file liens and accrue legal fees and the owner will pay them around me. ...Read More
We are buying a house in PA that just was remodeled Feb-April of this year. The title search was clear and everything seems to be paid… but we don’t know for sure. If a GC decides to file a lien within the lien timeline but AFTER we purchase the home, will it be a lawsuit against the seller? Or is the lien now our problem?...Read More
We are a direct sales distributor with a contract directly with the property owner. We have yet to receive final payment and the last material we provided arrived on site 1/7/21. The property is in Pennsylvania. Can we file a lien without a Notice of Intent since we were directly contracted by the owner, and if so, what is the deadline to file based on the above date?...Read More
Our engineering department is preparing plans and designs for a land developer and at this point he is not paying our January 2021 to present AIA applications. We have a contract with the developer for our services on the project. Are we able to file a Mechanics Lien on the project?...Read More
We are in week 19 of reno. The cre Co m es for maybe 3 hours a week to work at this point. My contractor is taking an extremely long time completing my kitchen reno. I have paid him everything but 10% of my contract we still have no windows or counters. He wants me to pay for countertops with remaining money. There are small other things not done also. I feel I should not pay anything more till job is done? Am I correct?...Read More
We signed a proposal for an addition on our house. The costs had increased by $12k from May of 2020 to September of 2020. Because we could not get the loan fast enough (banks are taking extra long now), the Contractor redid the numbers again as lumber was increasing. Because we had not signed the proposal I did not think there was a lot we could do and the costs went up another $14k. We reluctantly agreed and signed the new Proposal in March. He told me they were submitting for permits last week and has sent me "Updated pricing" that is "Due to COVID lumber supply", increasing the work by ANOTHER $7k. Is it legal for him to increase the signed proposal price due to lumber costs going up? ...Read More
The mechanics lien has been successfully filed on the property of George Riden for not paying his roofing bill. What is the long term status of the mechanics lien in Pennsylvania. That is, does the lien stick indefinitely, or does it have to be renewed? John Newman...Read More
Long story short, like many construction firms, my firm has found itself participating in another arbitration case.
We are representing ourselves pro se. The owner of my firm has been out, and hospitalized, due to serious medical issues. I am participating, but has no executive agency to make decisions.
Because of the above stipulated issues, we have requested an extension of the process. This would be are 2nd extension, again due to the above.
However, counsel for the opposing party (the claimant) has not concurred with this extension.
I know that we need to get our lawyer involved, but in the interim, what are our options? Because of the extenuating circumstances what can be done on our end to extend this process?
We have a homeowner who has not paid his annual dues. This has been a traditional problem with him. It happens nearly every year. He is now two months overdue. Trash collection is also included in these dues. Can we shut off his trash collection?...Read More
Good day gentlemen ...
I am a homeowner who hired “a guy” working on a neighbors yard to install a small section of fence and do some minor landscaping. I provided the fence and with a verbal agreement we decided on $1200 for the final fee. I was fully aware that some overage may be incurred (a few bags of Quikcrete and a small load of river rock)
The contractor was forthcoming in doing a good job and doing a little “over and above” however at NO POINT was any increase in our verbal agreement ever brought to my attention.
When the job was 90% complete, I presented him with a check for $1200.00 when I was advised he now required payment of $2400.00 plus the cost of the cement and rock.
I told him that his doubling of his cost did not sit well with me and I’d have to get back to him with an answer to his demand.
The contractor then finished up his last 10% of the work and I advised him that I was not going to agree to his new quote of $2400.
I advised him I was more than willing to pay for the cement and the rock and maybe a little more since he did a nice job, but his demand for $2400 was completely out of line.
He got back to me this morning and advised me he was going to file a mechanics lien against me.
Do I have anything to worry about ? I filed a report with the local Police dept detailing everything I just mentioned. There was no contract signed and he already cashed my full payment of $1200. As far as I’m concerned I’d like to pay him for the stone and concrete and be done with him, but now he is making a cash-grab for an amount that was never discussed until the end of the project.