can a business legally demand full payment for services before any work has been done

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can a business legally demand full payment for services before any work has been done

Flooring company wants me to pay entire bill materials and labor 6000.00 before any work or materials are done.

Asked on September 17, 2019 under Business Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

They can ask for it, since no one is forced to do business with any particular company: if you don't like their terms, you don't have to hire them. But they have to put those payment terms into the contract you signed: once you sign the contract, you and they both are held to the terms, including payment terms, in the contract, and they cannot change them. You only have to pay when and as the contract indicates. So check the contract to see what it says about payment.


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