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When is an Independent Contractor Really Independent? It's as Easy as ABC - Kinda, sorta

Posted March 19, 2017

So many businesses rely on independent contractors to provide services to their customers. Home improvement contractors quickly come to mind. Businesses realize many benefits from using independent contractors, rather than employees. Not having to pay unemployment tax for the independent contractors is one huge benefit, and unemployment claims are usually when a business gets into trouble in this area.

Connecticut Expands Home Improvement Act to Include Restoration and Remediation Contractors

Posted June 16, 2016

Connecticut's general assembly found time to add to the list of the types of contractors that must comply with the Home Improvement Act.  As of January 1, 2017, contractors that perform water, fire and storm restoration and mold remediation will have to register as home improvement contractors and use contracts that comply with the statute. While registering is an easy process and relatively inexpensive, check it out here, making sure your contracts comply with the Act is a little more involved.

Can Tenants or Lessees Discharge a Mechanics Lien?

Posted September 6, 2015

Contractors rely to a great extent on the mechanics lien as a way to secure payments they are owed.  Most states, including Connecticut, have a statutory scheme that provides security, in the form of a lien on real estate, for payment for work performed.  But what about when the work is performed on property that is leased to a tenant, commercial or residential?  A contractor can still assert the lien, but what if the tenant wants to get rid of, or discharge the lien?  Can it?

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