What role do waivers play following the payment of my home renovations?

When you commit to complex home renovation projects such as a kitchen renovation, bathroom renovation or a complete renovation of the basement, a general contractor will often rely on the services of subcontractors such as an electrician, plumber, specialist in soil, painter. Although you have entered into a contractual relationship with the general contractor, you are also indirectly in a contractual relationship with the subcontractors engaged by the general contractor.

Legal hypothec

A legal hypotec is a legal action that guarantees the claims of the stakeholders (general contractor, subcontractor, supplier) who participated in the construction of a project. If a participant has not been paid, she can request that a legal hypothec be imposed on your property.

Mitigate the risk of a legal hypothec

In order to avoid any risk that a subcontractor or supplier has not been paid, it is important that you ask after each payment a waiver which is simply a signed notes from subcontractors confirming they received the amount that’s due to them. We strongly advise you not to issue any additional payment until you have received a waiver from subcontractors for the previous payment completed.

  • Before the project, inform the general contractor that following each payment you’d like to receive proof that all subcontractors have been paid.
  • You can also ask to have the contacts of all subcontractors involved on your project.

Summary

Waivers ensure that all stakeholders working on your home renovation project have been paid.

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