You got awarded that project. You worked hard- physically and mentally. You went above and beyond to keep the client happy, this even meant that you did work you didn’t even charge for. Pay time comes and there is not a cent to be seen. Why? Because there are now alleged defects, questions arising as to your workmanship, criticism over time it took for project completion or the extra work you completed based on that verbal agreement between you.
While you sit and wonder how this could happen, what you didn’t realise was that other tradies have stepped in to complete the work on your project. You start getting intimidating emails and phone calls saying that you will have to pay for those tradies who are now “fixing your stuff up”. Sound familiar? It does to us. We have had clients call us with almost all the above situations. Many of these clients do not know the law. They do not know their rights. They are busy businessmen who need to get started on their next job. They are pushed for time and don’t want to go through a lengthy court battle to try and recover money. They are unaware of the process for recovery of money under the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW).
If you have found yourself in one of these situations or simply want some legal advice about a dispute on site, it is best to obtain this advice without delay. Often what we may think are only minor disputes when left unresolved turn into bigger problems. We have assisted with preparing and serving payment claims, preparing and serving s 17(2) Notices, preparing and serving Adjudication Applications and have obtained successful adjudication determinations. We can also assist with all court matters.
Remember, Acting quickly is key!
Tajik Lawyers Pty Ltd