Bond Claims

If you need help with bond claims, this page organizes helpful and informative articles about bond claims in construction. A bond claim is a legal tool available to contractors and suppliers that are working on a state, county or municipal construction project. It is also called a “payment bond claim” or a “surety bond claim.” Contractors can file a bond claim if the prime contractor fails to pay them for the work or materials they provided on the project. In this way, it is similar to a mechanics lien, which is only available on private construction projects.

At the beginning of a construction project on government property, the prime contractor must file a payment bond. Payment bonds were created as a way to prevent contractors from filing liens on public property.

It’s important to understand the local and federal requirements in order to navigate the bond claim process and get paid. To learn how to use bond claims to get paid, choose the project’s state from the dropdown on the Bond Claims 101 page. Alternatively, you can check out the Expert Center page for bond claims to get local advice from construction attorneys.

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