Has a delayed construction project created significant financial hardship? When you are in the middle of a remodeling job or repair job, delays can be a considerable burden - you lose use of your property, lose the ability to collect rent, and suffer other inconveniences. It is easy to cut ties and hire another contractor to complete the job. However, it is important to consult an experienced attorney first. Contact us at the Law Offices of Edward C. Ip & Associates to ensure your rights are protected.
If you plan to file any sort of claim against the contractor for breach of contract or delayed project damages, it is essential that an expert assess the completed work (or lack of completed work) BEFORE a new contractor finishes the job. That way, there is objective documentation of the project - as worked on by the original contractor and subcontractors.
We represent clients in construction litigation involving:
- Unfinished construction projects
- Delayed construction projects
- Payment disputes
- Breach of contract for construction work
- Construction defects
- Mechanics' Liens
- Other construction disputes
In order to succeed in a case involving construction defects, it is important to follow statutory guidelines for construction defect claims. For example, proper notices must be filed and served on the contractor, and the contractor must be given opportunity to investigate and repair the alleged defect.
It is common for a contractor to use subcontractors in the completion of repair or remodeling jobs. However, subcontractors must provide the owner and material suppliers with a Preliminary Notice before work begins or up to 20 days thereafter to enforce their rights in disputes involving mechanics' liens and other payment issues.
Assessing Damages in Construction Disputes
The damages suffered can be quite substantial - especially in cases involving commercial construction remodeling projects or residential home repairs. For example, delayed completion of a commercial remodeling job will interrupt the owner's ability to rent out the property and collect rent payments. Damages may include months of fair rental value of the property.
At the Law Offices of Edward C. Ip & Associates, we understand that construction litigation can be costly, and mediation is usually a wise decision. In these cases, we attempt to resolve disputes out of court wherever possible. However, when settlement is not an option or is not in our client's best interests, we fiercely fight for their rights in court.
Call us to schedule a free consultation at (626) 228-0638 to find out what legal solution would work for you.