Yes, you can hold a business liable for missing deadlines

| May 13, 2020 | Contract Disputes |

You’ve been waiting for your latest real estate renovation to be completed long past the end date on your contract. It has been at least two weeks since the date the construction team was supposed to finish the last phase of work, and you expected the finished product a week ago.

You’re happy to be patient if you’re given notice, but no one has said anything to you. It’s like the contract was totally ignored. What do you need to do now?

As a homeowner, it’s important that you have the opportunity to hold construction teams liable if they overshoot deadlines. Missing deadlines could cost you money. You might have to stay in a hotel longer than you expected or have to hold off on selling the home due to the delays. That’s not fair to you, and it shouldn’t happen.

Breaching a contract is serious, so the first step for you to take is to talk to the contractor. Reach out and explain that the contract said they were supposed to be finished. Ask if they’re delayed and by how long. If they have a genuine issue waiting for parts or materials, they should have let you know. At this point, you can talk to your attorney about going through arbitration or taking the construction company to court, especially if you’re seeing financial losses. Breaking a contract by missing deadlines isn’t normal for professionals, so it’s fair that you should hold them accountable for their actions.

Our website has more on breaching contracts and what you can do to protect yourself if a construction team has exceeded their deadlines.

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