What to do if I have not been paid by a general contrator that I did sub-contract work for?

I’m an electrical contractor. We took on several jobs, locally and in neighboring states, as a subcontractor for an out of state general contractor. He started paying his bill, then stopped. He always answers either his phone or texts fairly quickly. He always tells us he mailed a check or sent it overnight but never gives us a tracking number and the check never comes. The amount is $11,557 and this would help us a lot. What are my options?

Asked on September 25, 2012 under Business Law, New Hampshire

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you were a licensed subcontractror and di work for a general contractor and have not been paid, I suggest that you look into perfecting your lien on the work of improvement on the project you did work on if the time period is not too late to do so.

Consulting with an attorney that does construction law is suggested on this subject.

Another option is to do a demand letter for payment by the general contractor bya certain date. Keep a copy of it for future reference and need.

If the due date for payment comes and goes, your recourse is to file a lawsuit against the general contractor. Should such be the situation, you should consult with an attorney that practices construction law to assist you.


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