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3 common sources of construction disputes

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2022 | Civil Litigation

A construction project can be a lengthy and resource-intensive undertaking. However, even the most organized project can run into problems. With so many parties involved in a construction project, it is not uncommon for disputes to emerge. 

No two construction projects are the same. That said, there are common disputes that arise while undertaking construction work. Here are some of them:

Disputes arising from contract terms

It is not uncommon for conflict to arise based on the terms of the construction contract. For instance, parties can fail to agree on the payment terms. If it’s not clear whether payment is due at certain stages of completion or according to another timetable, it’s easy for conflicts to start.

Disputes relating to the terms of the contract can also stem from disagreements over the scope of work. This explains why both parties must understand what they are getting into before the onset of the project. 

Disputes arising from work quality

Having a great contract is one thing, but delivering an acceptable project is another. If the contractor fails to do an acceptable job, the project owner can sue for substandard work. Similarly, general contractors can be held liable for subpar work by the subcontractors they hire.

Disputes arising from non-payment

At times, the contractor may honor their end of the bargain by delivering satisfactory work only for the client to fail to pay for the work done. If this happens, the contractor can sue their client for non-payment. The contractor may also place a lien on the property until they are paid what they are owed. 

Construction disputes result in a waste of money and time. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests when working on a construction project with experienced legal guidance.