Construction Law

Construction law can vary by state, and there are a number of terms used to describe a building that is under construction, including erection, construction, moving, conversion, alteration, remodeling, and addition. Your community's building inspection department, office of planning and zoning, or department of permits will have a listing of the necessary construction law permits, construction contract law regulations, and inspections related to building and zoning codes for new construction or remodeling. Please read on to find a construction law lawyer, construction law attorney or find more information about construction law or access more information here in the construction law practice center.

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Construction Liens
A contractor that builds a permanent structure on another owner's land has the right to a lien on the property for the cost of any labor and materials that were used in the construction and were not paid for by the owner. The lien is a construction or mechanic's lien. State law governs these liens.
Mechanic's Liens
While it may seem that a mechanic's lien should have something to do with the person who works on your car, it doesn't. A mechanic's lien allows unpaid contractors, laborers, or suppliers to file a legal claim against real property for improvements made to the property until they are paid.
Home Repair Scams
The largest financial investment most consumers make is in their home. When home repairs or home improvement projects are needed, consumers need to know how to distinguish between scam artists and reputable contractors and what should be in home repair or home improvement contracts.
Hiring A Contractor
Hiring a contractor to renovate or rebuild a home has its challenges. Keep a clear head and choose a contractor to ensure that your contractor and workers do the job that you hired them to do.
Building Your Dream Home
Whether it's a first home, the "dream" home or a lakeside cabin, there are some dangers to watch for when building a home: Make sure the seller actually owns the property Check for restrictions. There may be ordinances that prohibit utility sheds or require screening for your beloved recreational v

Ask a Lawyer - Construction Law questions answered by leading lawyers
Can a construction Lien be file after 8 months of non payment
Provided service to a company, last payment received was 3/13/14. We picked up all equipment in April of 2014. Is it possible to file a notice of intent to place a lien. They owe over 23K and are still doing business with other contractors.
Who do I sue if I was injured on my job by third party contractor?
I was on construction site outside my truck on my job getting tools out of my truck when trailer came off from the other moving vehicle and struck me in the back and injured my hips, back knee and head with some serious injuries. Police report showed that was other party fault since they did not properly trailer on to the hitch of the vehicle.. Driver from the vehicle and trailer that struck me at that moment was at the job too driving from the one site to the another. I have been taken to the ER with serious pain and injuries and need to continue see my doctor . I would like to know what is my next step and what I should do? Thanks
Do I have an action against a surveyor who erred in setting the elevation of my house in 1996?
Surveyor made a mistake in surveying and setting the height of my house in 1996 such that it was set 2' below the height it was supposed to b. As a result, it was damaged in Superstorm Sandy, and we now find it to be in partial noncompliance with the building code [for flood elevation and flood insurance], and rendering the FEMA food elevation certificate to be invalid. Was only recently discovered [August 2014] when issue of raising the house was asked after Sandy. Is the surveyor liable for his mistake? If so, is there a SOL in effect? If there is, when does it start? Thank you.
Can a sole proprietor hire an independent contractor who is a painter as a consultant to come up wit
Is a homeowner obligated financially to a subcontractor when all dealings have been with a now unres
We live in Colorado. We hired a contractor to perform landscaping work on our backyard. Work was started by the contractor's crew but not finished. A sub-contractor was brought in to complete a concrete patio which was completed today. The contractor has been unreachable by email, phone, etc. for several days. Unsuccessful attempts have been made by myself and the sub-contractor. The sub-contractor now is threatening to file a mechanic's lien because the contractor has not paid him. We initially paid the contractor one half payment of the work to be performed (including the concrete patio). The sub-contractor has proposed that we pay him directly to avoid the filing of the lien. Isn't our contract commitment solely through the contractor? Shouldn't the sub-contractor be pursuing legalities through the contractor? What are our rights/obligations to the sub-contractor? Does the sub-contractor have the right to ask us for payment directly?
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