Legal Question in Construction Law in New Jersey

how long do you have to sue on a construction project that has not been paid by the homeowner?

Asked on 7/17/13, 3:46 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Robert Davies The Davies Law Firm, P.A.

depends on the situation.

give me a call and we will talk it over. you could use some advice on this, especially with the amount of money is involved.

Robert Davies, Esq.

201 820 3460

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Answered on 7/17/13, 3:54 pm
John Corbett Corbett Law Firm LLC

In most situations in NJ a suit for money damages can be brought within six years of the date of the breach of contract. However, a NJ contractor's right to file a lien runs out 90 days from the date of the last work on the contract. Additionally, if the construction is residential (as here) the contractor must apply for arbitration before the lien can be filed and that can back up the deadline another 30 days or more. So, if you are a contractor or a first level sub, you should be very prompt about asserting your lien rights. After that, you can be more relaxed about bringing a money suit.

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Answered on 7/17/13, 6:41 pm

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