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Legal Rights of Unpaid Contractors in Florida: How to Secure Your Payment

By July 8, 2024July 11th, 2024No Comments

As a contractor in Florida, the excitement of completing a project can quickly turn into frustration when payment doesn’t come through as agreed. Whether you’re a plumber, electrician, or construction worker, knowing your legal rights when faced with unpaid invoices is crucial.  

At Ayala, we understand the challenges contractors face, and we’re here to guide you through the process of securing your hard-earned payment. In this comprehensive blog post, we’ll break down Florida’s laws regarding contractor payments, offer practical tips to protect yourself, and explain how our legal expertise can support you every step of the way. 

Understanding Florida’s Contractor Payment Laws 

In Florida, contractors have legal rights and protections under state law to ensure they receive payment for their services. Here are key aspects to consider: 

1. Contractual Agreements and Documentation

Before starting any project, it’s essential to have a clear, detailed contract outlining the scope of work, payment terms, and timelines. A well-drafted contract not only protects your interests but also serves as a legal document in case of payment disputes.

2. Mechanic’s Liens

Mechanic’s liens are powerful tools that contractors can use to secure payment for their work. By placing a lien on the property where the work was performed, contractors can enforce their right to payment. However, navigating the intricacies of mechanic’s liens requires meticulous adherence to statutory requirements, which is where our legal expertise becomes invaluable. 

3. Prompt Payment Laws

 Florida’s prompt payment laws provide timelines within which contractors must be paid after completing their work. Understanding these laws and ensuring compliance can help contractors avoid delays in receiving payment. 

Steps to Secure Your Payment

1. Document Everything:

 Keep detailed records of all communications, contracts, change orders, invoices, and receipts related to the project. 

 2. Send Clear Invoices:

 Issue invoices promptly and ensure they are clear, accurate, and include payment terms. 

3. Follow Up Promptly:

 If payment is delayed, follow up promptly and professionally with the property owner or general contractor responsible for payment. 

4. Consider Mechanic’s Lien:

If payment remains outstanding, consider filing a mechanic’s lien within the statutory timeframe to preserve your rights. 

How We Can Help 

At Ayala, we specialize in protecting the rights of contractors across Florida. Our experienced team understands the complexities of contractor payment disputes and is committed to advocating for your interests. Here’s how we can assist: 

Legal Guidance: We provide expert legal advice tailored to your specific situation, ensuring you understand your rights and options. 

Mechanic’s Liens: We handle the entire mechanic’s lien process, from filing to enforcement, to secure the payment you deserve. 

Contract Review: We review and draft contracts to protect your interests and minimize the risk of payment disputes.

Litigation Support: In cases where negotiation fails, we provide vigorous representation in litigation to pursue payment on your behalf. 


Navigating unpaid contractor invoices can be daunting, but you don’t have to face it alone. At Ayala, we’re here to empower you with knowledge, support your rights, and ensure you receive fair compensation for your hard work.  

For legal help with unpaid contracting work, contact one of our experienced attorneys at 305-570-2208. You can also email our lead attorney Eduardo directly at  

We at Ayala Law PA are passionate about helping those in legal need, so please don’t hesitate to schedule a case evaluation with us online here.  

[The opinions in this blog are not intended to be legal advice. You should consult with an attorney about the particulars of your case]. 

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