The lawyers at Dyson Law have decades of experience effectively helping construction businesses with their builders’ lien claims.
Did the general contractor you are working for or supplying materials to fail to pay you?
We can help.
The Builders Lien Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/97045_01 protects architects, engineers, workers, material suppliers, contractors and subcontractors, by giving them security over the bills for work done or materials supplied to a building site. The Act also provides a mechanism for land owners (including property developers) to limit their exposure to claims by subcontractors who have not been paid by those who hired them.
The security involves a lien over the lands on which the work is done or materials supplied.
You may also have a lien over any hold back “trust” monies retained by the owner of the lands. The lien over the hold back “trust” monies is called the “Shimco Lien”. This lien over the holdback money can only be perfected by advancing a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
If your unpaid account is protected by a builders’ lien, the owner of the property and any head contractor often is more willing to negotiate the payment of your invoice. If filing the lien is not enough and there is still a dispute, then
The rules for filing and enforcing a lien require strict compliance. If a step is missed, a document is not filed correctly or a time limit is missed, your security for your hard work or material supplied at your cost may be gone.
There are strict and very quick time limits that must be observed if you wish to successfully use liens to get paid.
At Dyson Law, we provide quick, skilled and cost effective service to the construction industry.