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Do Not Miss Payments on Rhode Island Public Projects

Do Not Miss Payments on Rhode Island Public Projects

In the construction industry, there are different rules for payment regarding public and private projects. The differences can include prompt payment, retainage, and of course surety bonds, among others. In order to avoid liability and to protect subcontractors and suppliers, states require contractors on public projects to post bonds. Should a contractor fail to pay […]

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Subcontractor Goes Unpaid Due to Insolvent Surety

Subcontractor Goes Unpaid Due to Insolvent Surety

When a contractor, sub, or supplier works on a public project, a traditional mechanics lien is unavailable to enforce payment. Generally speaking, private parties cannot encumber public property. For this reason, the Miller Act was passed requiring performance and payment bonds when the prime contract exceeds $100,000 on a federal project. Under the Act, when a […]

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Louisiana Claims for Payment Must Follow Procedure

Louisiana Claims for Payment Must Follow Procedure

Jumping through procedural hoops is a constant struggle when dealing with lien law and bond claims. Even the smallest misstep can destroy chances at recovery, and failure to meet lien or bond claim deadlines is one of the most common reasons for the dismissal of claims. Like most states, the Bayou State takes procedure very seriously. This was […]

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What Is a Surety Bond Claim?

What Is a Surety Bond Claim?

What is a Surety Bond Claim? A surety bond claim is a claim made against what amounts to a pile of money that has been set aside for the purpose of ensuring the parties on a construction project get paid. Since certain properties cannot be liened, a bond is obtained to provide a similar type […]

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What Are Lien Rights?

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Download zlien‘s simple guide to the lien process as a PDF What Are Lien Rights? The term lien rights refers to right bestowed upon construction participants to file a mechanics lien or bond claim in the event of nonpayment. A mechanics lien can be filed by unpaid parties who furnished labor or materials on a private […]

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Relating Back Under the Miller Act? Good Luck.

Because liens cannot be placed on public property, the Miller Act was passed to provide recourse for subcontractors and suppliers working on federal projects. Miller Act claims have a strict one-year period during which they can be filed. Should a claimant file after one year following the last date they provided labor or materials to a project, […]

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Proposed Assembly Bill Affects Residential Solar Projects in California

Proposed Assembly Bill Affects Residential Solar Projects in California

Green construction is on the rise nationwide, and California is leading the charge. From a recent mandate for solar panels at Muscle Beach to legislation reserving solar ready rooftop space, the state of California is one of the leaders in promoting environmentally conscious projects. However, recently proposed legislation has made the process of installing solar panels on […]

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The Basics of Recovery on Federal Projects: The Miller Act

The Basics of Recovery on Federal Projects: The Miller Act

The Miller Act was passed to provide an opportunity for subcontractors and suppliers to recover for unpaid labor and material on federal projects, since mechanics liens cannot be filed against public property. For federal projects where the prime contract exceeds $100,000, the Act requires that general contractors provide performance bonds and a payment bond sufficient to cover the entire amount […]

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Bond Claim Deadlines

Bond Claim Deadlines

We spend a lot of time discussing mechanics liens here at zlien. But mechanics liens can only be used to secure payment when the project in question is residential or commercial. If contractors, suppliers, equipment lessors or other parties are unpaid on federal, state, or municipal projects, filing a bond claim is the best means of […]

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Court Determines What “Furnish” Means Under The Miller Act

Court Determines What “Furnish” Means Under The Miller Act

In the legal field, the meaning of a word in a statute can be very important. Certain interpretations can determine what situations the statute will apply to. In the construction industry, the interpretation of words like “improvement” and “furnishing” can determine whether a party is entitled to financial protection under the local Mechanics Lien Statute […]

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