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Residential construction law protects consumers

Owning a home here in Massachusetts or elsewhere can be rewarding. When that home needs improvements, renovations or repairs, you entrust what may be your largest asset into the hands of a contractor. Even though he or she may seem trustworthy, you should take full advantage of the ways that consumer and construction law protect you.

Mechanic's liens must meet construction law requirements

Subcontractors, whether here in Massachusetts or elsewhere, expect to be paid for the work they do. When that does not happen, one of their legal remedies is to file a mechanic's lien. However, if it does not meet the requirements of current construction law and errors are made, it might not have the desired result.

Construction law issues: Stopping work during a dispute

Massachusetts general contractors who work for the federal government may want to take some time to understand how stop-work orders affect their contracts. The government often relies on this aspect of construction law during a dispute. The theory behind it is that suspending all construction during a dispute will help prevent any further breaches of contract.

Construction law issues between contractors and subcontractors

In many cases, when it comes to building, demolition and renovation, Massachusetts general contractors and subcontractors appear to have a united front in dealing with owners and developers. Behind the scenes, things may not be quite as tranquil, however. Construction law issues between contractors and subcontractors happen more often than either would like to admit.

Looking for a construction contractor? Beware of scammers

Many Massachusetts residents want to make their homes their own. This may involve doing some renovations that require the help of a construction contractor. In other instances, some sort of disaster, natural or otherwise, requires significant repairs. In either case, homeowners need to make sure that they are not falling victim to scams perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals.

How do indemnity claueses fit into construction law?

Every project is different, so every contract often is as well. This includes the indemnity clauses put into construction contracts here in Massachusetts and elsewhere. It may be necessary to look to current construction law to determine what type of indemnity clause may be put into a particular contract.

The types of defects seen in construction law matters

Massachusetts residents expect that their property is well built. When it becomes apparent that defects in a structure exist, most owners will turn to the builder for answers. However, different types of defects exist in construction law, and the defect may not be the responsibility of the builder.

Massachusetts Contractor May Be Liable for Building Code Violation at Owner's Request

Massachusetts law protects homeowners from contractors who violate the safety provisions of the building code.  Unfortunately, meeting safety requirements can add to the expense of a construction or home improvement project.  Homeowners may sometimes ask contractors to cut corners to lower the cost of the project.  The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently considered whether a conblog-img3.jpgtractor could use the homeowners' instructions as a defense to liability for violating a building code requirement in the case of Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co.

Massachusetts Contractor May Be Liable for Building Code Violation at Owner's Request

Massachusetts law protects homeowners from contractors who violate the safety provisions of the building code. Unfortunately, meeting safety requirements can add to the expense of a construction or home improvement project. Homeowners may sometimes ask contractors to cut corners to lower the cost of the project. The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently considered whether a contractor could use the homeowners' instructions as a defense to liability for violating a building code requirement in the case of Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co.

District Court of Massachusetts Finds General Liability Policy Doesn't Cover Injury to Sub-Subcontractor Employee

It is important for any business to be appropriately insured against loss and liability. A failure to have sufficient insurance can result in the business paying for not only the damages but also the expenses of litigation out-of-pocket. 

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