Menifee, CA asked in Contracts and Construction Law for California

Q: Construction: Can a client require a materials/ Labor breakdown before issueing payment on a signed contract?

We submitted billing for a partial contract amount, waited for two months only to find out that the general contractor is requireing us to submit a materials/ labor breakdown. This was not stated in the initial signed contract and in my opinion is a breach of what I consider to be trade secrets.

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George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq.
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A: Normally if you have a fixed price contract, the other party cannot ask to see your labor and material costs.

The contract you have might require this, or require a list of your subcontractors, so please review your contract in detail or have legal counsel do so.

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