A stop notice provides legal protection for contractors to ensure that they are are paid for any services or materials they have supplied. Stop notices are legal documents which instructs the property owner to set aside the money owed until the claim by the contractor has been paid. This type of paperwork can be filed by almost any type of contractor at any time in the project if they believe that financial reimbursement is being withheld unfairly.
When Will a Stop Notice be Filed:
Stop notice paperwork should be filed up to ninety days from the project completion date. However, in certain circumstances the deadline for paperwork submission is thirty days. If the contractor has sent an invoice, which has not been paid by the due date, a stop notice could be filed. As a general rule, the sooner stop notices are filed the greater the likelihood that you will be able to claim funds.
Documentation Needed to File:
The amount of paperwork needed to file a stop notice will depend on the contractor and the nature of the project. Typically the paperwork will require basic details such as contact information, copies of any contracts, and project details.
The Implications of a Stop Notice:
After a stop notice has been filed, the contractor or property owner has up to ninety days to respond. Failure to submit a timely response provides the right to initiate a lawsuit. If you have been served a stop notice, you should seek legal advise as soon as possible. Your legal representative will require time to investigate your case and prepare any paperwork.
If you are interested in learning more about stop notices or need assistance to file a stop notice, contact us. We specialize in this area of legal process and would be happy to answer any of your questions or queries.