Re: Mechanics lien
Lien releases are not signed by subs until they've been paid. Unfortunately, you can pay your contractor every cent as per the contract and subsequent change orders, but unless he also pays off the subs, their right to lien continues. One saving grace is that these liens have to be resubmitted by the sub-contractor regularly (every year or other year ) for them to stay on the books. Lien rights on both sides change with the wind, so check with your local building authority or contractor governing authority for more information on your rights.
You cannot demand lien releases upon your final payment because again, until the sub is paid, they don't sign off their lien rights. If this doesn't resolve itself, by coming to an agreement with the general contractor, who then pays off his subs, then you will have to hire a lawyer to help you go after the contractor. Make sure you've got signed copies of any contracts and change orders, a list of subs, and canceled checks as proof of payment and contract fulfillment.
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