Q: I have a builder building a home for me, they aren't addressing issues I have found but want their final payment.
Is it legal for me to with hold providing them the final check until they complete the issues I have with the home? I have asked them for over a week to come to the home and address the issues with me and they've ignored every email and text and say I'm going to be late on their payment and want to charge me a late fee.
A: The contracts should be reviewed and you should have counsel involved as there are a lot of moving parts. Construction is a legal specialty by the way and not for the pro se dabbler unless you are willing to take the lumps you may be in for!!
A: I suggest you review the contract you have with the builder. It should state the circumstances under which the builder is entitled to full and final payment. It may give you a right to withhold payment pending completion of repairs per your request. Frequently building contracts have a provision for completion of small adjustments and repairs called "punch list" items and an escrow of a portion of the funds due the builder pending completion of the items. Of course, your issues with the builder's work may be larger than what are usually considered "punch list" items. I suggest the starting point for you is a review of the terms of the contract.
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