When it comes to the construction industry in Florida, there are many reasons why companies dispute with one another. When working on a project, vendors and any other parties involved in the build need to ensure that everyone sticks to the terms of the contract so that the building can be built safely and properly.
When vendors enter into construction litigation against other vendors or parties, there’s an allegation that someone has breached the terms of the contract. This could be due to any number of reasons.
Issues of nonpayment
Major issues can arise when certain vendors on a project are not paid. Every vendor entering a construction contract expects compensation. When they’re not paid, they may file something called a mechanics lien. This sort of lien handles most cases of nonpayment because they are attached to the deed of the property. The lien also becomes a matter of public record. Once this happens, the property can’t be sold until the debt is satisfied. They may seek out other types of remedies as well.
Subpar materials used
Parties in a construction project could sue other parties due to low-quality materials used during the build. Low-quality materials put anyone associated with the project at the risk of outside parties suing him or her since shoddy materials create potentially dangerous environments.
Whether it’s a residential or commercial project, most construction projects deal with delays. Delays by one vendor could affect the entire project as well as other vendors’ ability to do their work. Experienced vendors know how to build the right amount of time into a project, so if they go way past schedule and affect other vendors, construction laws could hold them liable.
What’s can companies do to protect themselves?
To make sure that their businesses are protected, companies may benefit by working with law firms that have experience dealing with construction litigation. They may be able to work with these firms while crafting their contracts, and they may benefit by working with these firms if there were issues during or after construction.