What are are an contractor’s rights regarding payment?

UPDATED: Dec 8, 2011

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What are are an contractor’s rights regarding payment?

I’m a contractor and did business with a maintenance company that was hired by a cell phone provider. I finished the work about 45 days ago and still have yet to be paid. The company says they are still waiting for payment from the cell phone provider before they pay me. Can they do this? I have a right to collect regardless of when they get paid right? On their contract it says they pay on a net 45 basis. What does that mean? It has been 45 days since work was complete and they had all necessary paperwork.

Asked on December 8, 2011 under Business Law, Virginia


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The person who contracted with you for the work of improvement on the home that you worked upon is responsible for paying you for services rendered. I would write the person of the need to pay you within the stated time period or that you would bring a legal action for the money owed. Keep a copy of the letter for future need and reference.

If the time passes without payment, your recourse is to bring a legal action for money owed. Possibly you could lien the property as a licensed contractor if you have time to do. I suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices construction law.

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