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

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contract law
i signed a contract with a roofer stating work will be started between march 10 and April 20 within reason .weather or materials. its is now April 23. am i committed to keep this roofer. he dosen't answer my calls in a timely fashion. nor has he started any work.
mechanics lien threat
I hired a handyman . There was no written contract. He did not show up when he was supposed to the second day. I called and told him not to return to finish the job. He is threatening to put a mechanics lien on my property tomorrow. No payment has been made
How can a HO sue a construction company/owner for not honoring their 20yr warranty for work performe
Despite repeated and various types of contact (phone, in person & email) since 2011 from HO to construction company/owner requesting repair &/or replacement of specific work performed on a remodel (grout cracking/crumbling causing ceramic tile to become loose/hollow, cabinet drawer continuously falls/tares away from the pantry walls, electrical switches, and double pane windows continuously fogs up) construction company has ignored HO's contacts. HO had to go through a 3rd party to set up an appointment. After several canceled appointments by construction owner, HO and construction company/owner met on 01/2015. HO was told the tile looks okay, the grout problem is due to settling (home is 44yrs old), the HO is at fault for the cabinet drawer problem, and didn't address the electrical and window problems. HO handed him copies of the 2011 hand written problems, and 02/2014 and 05/2014 emails. He claimed he never saw these documents or knew about HO's contact attempts.
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
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