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Subcontractor Challenges under the New York Lien Law

The adage that you can not get blood from a stone may have its place in the rationale of New York Lien Law. Not that you will find this term included in any of the sections of the law, but this concept of reality is reflected in the hierarchy, structure, and availability of funds in the occurrence of a construction dispute.

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Construction Contract Drafting Considerations

To minimize potential legal problems when planning construction, whether the project is a large commercial project, a new residence, or even a renovation to an existing structure, care must be taken to have essential terms included in the contract.

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Holiday Weekends and Property Damage Liability

We all enjoy a warm weathered weekend with friends and family. In most cases, the only concern at barbecues is if the sun is going to stay out all day. But did you ever consider other concerns such as property safety and liability during the dog days of Summer? According to the National Fire Prevention Association, house fires due to barbecuing, holiday decorations and fireworks are more common then we think.

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Building Must Stay in NYC’s Blood

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by the New York Daily News and was written by KATHLEEN CULHANE.

Without question, building back better is critical to New York’s economic recovery. Prior to the pandemic, construction accounted for 20% of our economy and 10% of jobs. But last year, we lost 74,000 jobs and nearly $10 billion to delayed projects. Now more than ever, we need the construction industry to be the major driver of new jobs and economic growth it has always been for our city.

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A New Way To Lower Housing Construction Costs

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To grasp just how untenable New York’s housing situation truly is, consider this statistic: A recent survey found a stunning 40% of adults in the Empire State find it difficult to pay normal household expenses, among the highest percentage reported across the nation.

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NYC Building Inspectors Crack Down On Large Construction Sites

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by ConstructionDive and was published on June 3rd, 2021.

Dive Brief:

  • Following a series of recent construction worker deaths, New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca this week mobilized teams of enforcement inspectors to perform safety sweeps of the city’s larger and more complex construction sites.
  • While performing these “zero-tolerance” sweeps, DOB inspectors will issue enforcement actions if they observe any safety violations and will shut down sites if they find serious safety lapses, the city announced in a press release. Inspectors and community engagement teams will also be distributing “Worker Alert” safety information at construction sites on the dangers of worker falls.
  • In the last two weeks, three construction workers in the city died in separate work-related incidents. Two of these fatal incidents were the result of worker falls, and all three incidents are under investigation.

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New York Construction Delays, All Things Being Equal, They’re Not

Everyone knows that time is money, and in particular this is true with New York construction contracts. It is also well known that delays are often part of the construction reality, along with change orders and extras. Delays impact owners, contractors and subcontractors.

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Is It Worth It To Elevate Your Home?

One of the most common causes of home elevation is extreme weathering and flooding. In general, there are two options when deciding to elevate your home. The homeowner can physically lift the home, building a new foundation at the bottom, or leaving the home as is, but just building a “livable space” upper level, alternatively converting the ground level to a complete closure.

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Understanding the Importance of Building Permits

What do you need a building permit for? This is one of the most common questions regarding construction. Building permits are both important and necessary and the failure to obtain one can cause major obstacles down the road.  Building permits are needed whenever a homeowner is altering or expanding their current home, installing a swimming pool, deck, shed or more.  Building permits are more important than you think, and here’s why!


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