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Question DetailsAsked on 5/18/2016

can owner get money for living expenses when the contractor goes way over project time?

Had a soundproofing and kitchen remodel project that was supposed to take 6 weeks at the outside. we are now in week 9 with 1-2 more weeks projected. The extended time is mostly due to contractor delay (didn't purchase correct material as named in contract so when caught needed to order and wait for delivery. Other delays related to questions from an inspector about the electrical load for our condo unit.

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Unless the contract specifically provides for that type of damages, would generally require suing, claiming that as consequential damages as a result of his schedule overrun. Usually, a contract for a significant build/remodel should have a liquidated damages clause for running over the scheduled completion date, if you want to cover for that sort of contingency.

If the order delay was clearly his fault that would strengthen your case, the electrical issue probably not unless his scope of work included utility modifications to accomodate the remodeled kitchen. If you had drawings done yourself for the remodel, then your architect should have been responsible for the electrical adequacy so YOU would be at fault for that part of the delay if that is the case.

Easier than claiming living expenses - probably negotiating a reduction in project cost with the contractor because of the delay.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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