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My company has been providing security services to a construction firm for over 5 months. We patrol the area and protect the site from being vandalized and from theft. The construction company has not paid me for our services. I have contacted them multiple times and every person I speak with gives me the run around. Can I place a lien on them? If not, what can I do to get them to pay me? I had to sign a waiver of Liens for another construction company that I provided services to before which makes me think I can place a lien on this current construction company....Read More
PennsylvaniaMechanics LienPayment Disputes
We have a customer that issued us a PO in early September and we require a 50% deposit in order to deliver our goods. 2 months later this customer has still not paid and is now trying to "back out of" our agreement. All our materials sold are custom and the manufacture will not take them back from us - they don't even offer a re-stocking fee. So in short we are now stuck with several hundred thousand (yes that's a correct #) in materials that we are not getting paid for. Is this even legal? ...Read More
IndianaPayment Disputes
I am a contractor and i finished a project in September 2018 and still haven't been paid. I was not aware of the mechanics lien until it was too late. The client was unhappy with the work in regards to the heating on a room addition, however we were only responsible for connecting the heating vents, not the power of the heating unit. We already went out to see if there was anything we can improve in the vents, but the only solution that we could get was for her to buy a new heating unit. She refused the solution and puts all the blame on the contractor. We have been giving her prompt payment invoices, but she ignores all of them. I was thinking of taking this to a small claims court. Any help will be appreciated, Thank you...Read More
CaliforniaPayment Disputes
I am an unlicensed handyman doing work in California. I was hired by the homeowner to help fix his house after flood damage. I have issued him $8000 in invoices he claims he can’t pay me pay me because one of his accounts is frozen because of identity theft. This is a false statement since I’ve had identity theft and got it resolved quickly he’s been complaining about this ID theft for over three months. Can I issue him an intent to lien or and a mechanics lien for the money he owes me?...Read More
CaliforniaMechanics LienPayment DisputesRight to Lien
I have a security company in Illinois. I have a government contract and have WBE percentage. my sub contractor is trying to charge me a higher billing rate than I charge the government on this contract. What are my options...Read More
IllinoisPayment Disputes
We are building a new construction in Tennessee. We have made all requested payments to our contractor on time. We are now receiving calls from subcontractors who completed work on our house, but our contractor has not paid them. Are we legally responsible to pay these AGAIN since we have already paid our contractor for said work?...Read More
TennesseeConstruction ContractMechanics LienPayment DisputesRight to Lien
I worked on several public schools and I was told by a steel worker on the same jobs he received a check later on for scale pay on those jobs...Read More
TennesseeConstruction ContractPayment Disputes
My roofer gave me a contract to reroof, repace soffits and gutters. For $20000.As work was being completed i paid all but $5000. Now that the job is 95%done the gutter guy and roofers are compaining to me they haven't been paid. The contractor says he took care of it but I haven't heard back from the subs. Should I pay the gutter guy with the remaining money owed to the contractor ...Read More
LouisianaConstruction ContractLien WaiversPayment Disputes
what can I do if I get told not to show back up at jobsite and be told they were not paying me what I was owed. I was contracted by another sub contractor. I have several workers that need to get paid....Read More
TexasPayment Disputes
We have a laborer who is not honoring the written proposal cost and suggests he should be paid more than the proposal he originally wrote up and agreed to. Now that it is time for him to accept the final payment, he refuses to. All the bookkeeping and calculations are in full detail and correct, but he continues to disregard the evidence and demand he is paid more without reason. Can he put a lien on the house if he is not paid for the overcharged amount he is asking for and if so, can I fight against it to show he is abusing the power to put a lien on the home??...Read More
FloridaLien ReleasesMechanics LienPayment Disputes
Can unlicensed material men or laborers put a lien on a property? We have a laborer who used to be a subcontractor. He no longer has certification or licensure. He is not honoring the contract's estimated cost and suggests he should be paid more than the proposal he originally wrote up and agreed to. Now that it is time for him to accept the final payment, he refuses to. All the bookkeeping and calculations are in full detail and correct, but he continues to disregard the evidence and demand he is paid more. Can he put a lien on the house if he is not paid for the overcharged amount he is asking for?...Read More
FloridaConstruction ContractLien on FundsMechanics LienPayment Disputes
I did some work for a company BR Linwell who got a contract for doing some sports equipment installation at a college nearby since the project was state/federally funded it was a prevailing wage rate job. (Pennsylvania) I kept getting the run a round from my boss saying he was waiting on payment from the sporting equipment company (knights athletics). I’m a 1099 worker. So when I called knights athletics today they informed me they paid out almost two months ago. Who do I call or contact to get paid David Brannigan (570) 472-5685. ...Read More
PennsylvaniaLien DeadlinesLien on FundsNotice of Intent to LienPayment DisputesPrevailing WagesRecovery Options
We are a remediation company. We did work about a year ago for client. Public adjuster on file. We received the initial payment from the client last month but are still owed the remaining balance from the client. We have discussed and agreed on a payment plan & sent the client a contract to sign. The client has not the sign contract back & the 1st payment is due on 11/16/2020. I have called, text & emailed the client with no response. Can I speak to an attorney? & are these general attorneys or are they specialized in this field. ...Read More
New JerseyConstruction ContractLien WaiversMechanics LienPay ApplicationsPayment Disputes
I would for a small, family-owned stone installation company. I wanted to make up a customer agreement form that lays out the services, payment stipulations, etc. One of the things I wanted to add was a late fee that would be added to the net invoice. But, I don't know what percentage I can charge a customer if they're late with the final payment, the timeframe, etc....Read More
MaineCollectionsConstruction ContractPayment DisputesPrompt Payment
My contractor amended the contract to include an addendum; After he breached the original contract. The end date in the addendum was September 13. He still has not completed the work fully, although minor finishing touches, he is requesting the full amount due to him which is 4.5K. How do i go about telling him i disagree and that i want to be compensated for the lost productivity and rent i’ve paid while not being able to operate the business?...Read More
New JerseyPayment Disputes