DEFINITIONS OF SOME BASIC CONSTRUCTION LAW TERMS TO ASSIST YOU IN SELECTING AND UNDERSTANDING CONSTRUCTION FORMS:
What is a General Contractor?
A general contractor is one who is liable for the performance of the entire contract. They handle the permitting process, completing work, and ordering materials. The owner simply secures the financing or pays the contractor at regular intervals.
What is a Construction Manager?
A construction manager provides construction scheduling, budgeting, supervisory, and coordination services to an owner for a fee.
What is a Subcontractor?
A subcontractor is any supplier, distributor, vendor, or firm that furnishes supplies or services to or for a general contractor.
What is a Contractor's Lien?
A contractor's lien is a legal claim which provides protection for contractors in the event they do not receive full payment for services provided under the contract. In many states, this is also referred to as a Mechanics Lien, and is obtained by filing and serving a simple form setting forth the services provided and the amount owed.
Who is Permitted to File a Mechanics' Lien/Contractor's Lien?
There are some differences among the various states. For example, in New York, the Lien Law permits the following persons to file Mechanics Liens:
A contractor, subcontractor, laborer, materialman, landscape gardener, nurseryman or person or corporation selling fruit or ornamental trees, roses, shrubbery, vines and small fruits, or performs labor or furnishes materials for the improvement of real property with the consent or at the request of the owner thereof, or of his agent, contractor or subcontactor ..
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