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Question DetailsAsked on 8/27/2014

8/9: Job completed and paid in full. 8/26: Subcontractor advises me that he hasn't been paid yet. Now what?!

I recently had hardwood floors refinished by a highly rated company on Angie's List. The floors look great so I gave the contractor a good review. The floors were done on 8/4, the job was completed on 8/9/14. My check cleared the bank a couple days later.
8/26/14 the subcontractor advised me that he hasn't been paid for refinishing the floors and the contractor hasn't return his calls. I emailed the contractor asking him to please pay the refinisher. Even tho' it was a small job, I don't want a lien placed on my house. How long should a sub typically have to wait for payment?
How soon should I update my Angie's List review with this information? It wasn't indicated on the company's information that he used subs, so I was unaware that the guy who did the refinishing was a subcontractor. Now I'm "assuming" that the plasterer and carpenter were also subs. Hopefully I won't be hearing from them, too.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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First rule - mandate in the contract that no subs are to be used without your approval and notification of same, and before final payment get lien releases on major suppliers and subs as well as the general contractor.

If you cannot get in touch with him in the next day or two, I would contact his bonding company and make a claim on his bond.

If problems there (and commonly are as they like to take premiums but not pay out) then contact his insurance company with a fraud claim against his liability policy, and talk to a contracts attorney about also filing complaint with the state licensing board (which willput pressure on him) and a possible criminal fraud claim. Attorney can also help you find out if there are UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) claims or liens against him, or a bankruptcy procceding, because if there is you need to get your claim into line.

Also check if any liens have been filed against your property, though you technically should have received a copy if so.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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