Construction projects in Miami, as well as in other parts of Florida, may involve the creation of corporate buildings, residential buildings, roadways, bridges industrial plants and many other structures. Regardless of what type of property you are developing, you will likely be required to enter into construction contracts and work with other parties to determine the terms of these contracts. When these terms are unclear, the parties may disagree on what was agreed upon and end up in a major construction dispute.
Many disputes stem from a breach of construction contract. A construction contract should specify the type of work to be completed, financial details, a timeline for the completion of the work and other important details. When the property owner, contractor or subcontractor fails to adhere to the terms of the contract, a breach has occurred, leaving the contract broken. For example, a contractor may complete work on the property and demand payment, but the building owner may say that they did not complete the entire job and refuse to pay. There may also be disputes between the contractor and sub-contractor regarding the scope of the job.
In construction cases, many disputes stem from construction defects. A building owner may deem a contractor’s work to be negligent and refuse to pay them for their work. The contractor may insist that the work was completed effectively and allege that the owner is breaching the contract by refusing to pay the amount owed.
Any of these disputes can end up costing companies millions of dollars and cause costly business delays. Many of these disputes can be avoided by having a qualified business law attorney draft your contract and make sure that all terms are clearly specified.
Source: FindLaw, “Construction Law Overview,” accessed on June 12, 2017