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Construction Dispute Law in California

When a property owner and a general contractor contract for a construction project to take place on some property in West Hollywood, California, whether it's a house, some landscaping, or a remodeling project, there is always a gamble that something can go wrong. In fact, at least a very minor setback may be more likely than not.

Most often, the owners of land and contractors can end disputes before they get too serious, thus eliminating the need for litigation. Most contracts governing construction projects have built-in remedies for the most common problems, typically requiring the party that causes a delay or other problem to pay the other party a set fee.

And even if disputes can't be resolved so easily, the courts still don't necessarily have to get engaged. For example, a construction contract may require mediation before any further action is taken. Mediation is a process by which a third party tries to guide the parties to the dispute to a settlement. The mediator cannot, however, render any binding decision. Another option is arbitration. This is where the parties go to a private arbitration service, which can render a binding judgment (usually enforceable through contract law, as the parties agree in advance to abide by the arbitrator's decision). Arbitration has advantages over litigation, as the parties can have a say in choosing the arbitrator (allowing them to have their case arbitrated by an expert on construction disputes, for example).

Because of the large cost in time and money involved, litigation in West Hollywood, California is considered a last resort. However, in rare cases, it does become necessary.

Examples of Construction Disputes That Might Lead to Litigation in West Hollywood, California

Delays: If the contractor is culpable in a major delay in a construction project (a delay of weeks or months, for example), a lawsuit could result. If the contract specifically states that completion by a specific date is very important, or the builder has a good reason to know this, a court will often award the owner compensation for any economic harm caused by a delay.

Refusal to Pay: Disputes can also arise from a client's refusal or inability to hold up his end of the deal. Sometimes, once a project is complete, or nearly so, a landowner will express an unwillingness to pay the contractor for his services. There might be a variety of reasons for this - sudden loss of money, or dissatisfaction with the quality of the work are a few examples. It's rare that a client will refuse to pay a contractor simply because they don't feel like it (and if that is the reason, they'll typically come up with a better one to argue in court). In these cases, a court will sometimes have to decide if the client is obligated to pay the full price. If the work was, indeed, not up to the standards laid out in the contract, the contractor is not entitled to the full price, but is still entitled to the actual value of the work, even if it's considerably less than the contract price.

Subcontractors: With big construction projects, contractors typically hire other, smaller contractors to do some of the work for them. This is typically work of a specialized nature, which the general contractor isn't equipped to handle (such as plumbing or electrical wiring). The general contractor is the one who is responsible for the satisfactory completion of the project. If a subcontractor makes a mistake, or causes a delay, the general contractor is ultimately liable to the person who hired them. However, if they are sued for the mistakes of a subcontractor, and lose, they can then sue the subcontractor to recover their losses.

Mechanic's Lien: If the contractor wins in a lawsuit against the land owner, and the court orders the owner to pay the contractor for services rendered, the contractor needs a way to secure payment, if the owner refuses. In some cases, a mechanic's lien permits the contractor to force the sale of the land, and any improvements to it, in order to secure payment for the services it provided.

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Disputes over construction delays or defects can be extremely taxing. Therefore, getting an efficient West Hollywood, California real estate attorney might mean the difference between success or failure in your business ventures.

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Life in West Hollywood

West Hollywood neighbors Beverly Hills and is a well-known area to many all over the United States.  Many celebrities live in and/or work in the area, and therefore the Paparazzi are constantly referring to West Hollywood in their news reports. 

Many may not know, but West Hollywood has some landmarks and unique locations.  West Hollywood is home to the Sunset Marquis Hotel, a place known for its Whisky Bar and recording studio.  Melrose Avenue is also located in West Hollywood, and was the main location for the popular 90's show Melrose Place.  West Hollywood is also home to the famous Sunset Boulevard, filled with great shopping, dining, and nightlife.  Sunset Boulevard was also home to Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, John Wayne and Howard Hughes. 

Popular attractions in West Hollywood include musical venues such as the House of Blues, Whisky a Go Go, the Viper Room, and the Roxy Theatre.  Other popular attractions include Westlake Recording Studios, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Plummer Park, Sierra Towers, the Standard Hotel, Pacific Design Center, The Schindler House, Smashbox Studios and TMZ on TV.

Los Angeles being home top-tier law schools and firms attracts some of the most brilliant attorneys in the United States.  Therefore residents of West Hollywood have no trouble finding a good lawyer because there are many to choose from! 

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