Hello, thank you for the question. There are strict timelines in construction lien litigation.
BC's Builder's Lien Act at section 20. It's 45 days from the earlier of:
1) the issue of the (first) Certificate of Completion.
2) completion of the contract, generally defined as the last day on the site working or delivering materials.
This can be complicated stuff, with strict deadlines for filing registry material and court documents. If you have a lien to claim, contact a lawyer (or perhaps paralegal) right away to get the help you need in time.
If you can't avail yourself of the BLA, you can still bring a standard claim in civil court, but obviously the Act is there to ensure that contractors and subcontractors can get more quickly, and enforce more quickly, judgement against those contractors who are above them and ultimately the general contractor and the owner too.
You say that nothing has been paid so far since work started at the end of August. Were you contracted to be receiving payments during the project, perhaps during inspection points?
It matters if you're doing a residential renovation or you're one of several subcontractors in a larger commercial project.
Tell me more about the contract if you wish, but you should see a lawyer (or experienced paralegal) very soon anyway if you're going to proceed with the lien. You still have lots of time but don't wait until the last minute.
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