Construction projects involve many moving parts. From property owners to building material suppliers to contractors and subcontractors, it’s a wonder anyone can ever get on the same page to complete a project.
Because there are so many parties involved in a construction project, disputes will sometimes arise. It’s important to recognize some common construction law disputes and how to help avoid some of these issues.
Disputes involving building materials
Some contracts may not specify the types of materials to be used in a project. Other contracts may contain minute details about building materials. If a contractor or subcontractor uses substandard materials or fails to follow the contractual agreement to the letter, conflicts can occur.
Arguments over the quality of workmanship are commonplace when it comes to construction projects. A contract and building plan should set forth clear expectations. However, accusations of shoddy work can still arise. This can lead to withheld payments and possibly lawsuits.
A contractor or subcontractor may perform all of the work as set out in the contract. However, a property owner may still fail to make payments as promised. Some steps can be taken to help compel a property owner to perform under the terms of the contract. Placing a mechanic’s lien on the property is sometimes enough. Litigation is also an option if all else fails.
Delays in construction and timeline disputes
Little things that go wrong on a project can quickly add up. Delays are common, and too many delays can lead to missed deadlines. This can lead to lawsuits. Completion of work in a timely fashion is essential. This is true even if a contract doesn’t contain a specified timetable.
Most construction disputes revolve around contracts. A properly drafted contract should account for many contingencies. A detailed contract is also essential. However, even the most ironclad agreement can still lead to disputes. When they do, it’s important to seek help from a legal professional who can help resolve the issue as efficiently as possible.