As an electrical contractor, if we are working for a general contractor and that GC can't pay our bill because the owner of the property we did work on has refused to pay the GC, is privity established with the owner if the GC instructs us to send our invoice to the owner directly? By doing so haven't they essentially stepped out as the "middle man"?
1 Answer from Attorneys
No, the contractor does not step out as the middle man. This is who your contract is with. A contractual relationship is not automatically created between you as a subcontractor and the owner. Hopefully you have perfected a lien on the project to which you were working on so you can foreclose on the property to collect your balance due.
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