Question: I have terminated my contract with my Residentail builder here in Vancouver BC. For poor or non-performance

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Customer: Question: I have terminated my contract with my Residentail builder here in Vancouver BC. For poor or non-performance and over billing. He is now indicating that I must pay all of the outstanding invoices including his feet prior to a new contractor taking over. Is this accurate under HPO and B.C. Housing rules
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Hello! My name is Debra (formerly known as Legal Ease). Thank you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

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Does it normally take 16 hours to get a response Debra?
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I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

I am also sorry to see that you had to wait this long. Your question was placed on the US law list error. It just arrived on the Canada law list a little while ago.

What you also need to know is at the Expert's don't work for the site. The site is based in the US and I'm a Canadian lawyer. We just log into the site and see a list of questions and choose which to answer. I started working a short while ago saw your question and decided to answer it. So no I don't normally think this takes this long but it's not really part of what I deal with.

The contractor has no right to tell you when someone else can step in and work on your property. If the contractor believe syou owe them money they can register a lien on title and then can sue you but they certainly cannot stop another contractor from stepping in.

Does that clarify the law?

Please feel free to post back with any follow-up questions you may have. If you don't have any then I hope I have earned a 5 star rating but if you don't feel that I have please don't hesitate to reply back and let me know what more I can do to assist you. Finally, please know that even after you rate me I will be here for you and you can ask follow-up questions if you think of them later on at no further charge of course.

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I just want to confirm that your answer is applicable to VANCOUVER BC construction law and meets the Home Owner Protection HPO and B.C. housing guidelines
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Furthermore, am I safe to assume that in BC lien filed against my property also do not force construction work to stop and they must be acted upon within 1 year or unless the owner which is myself forces the lien to be acted upon by the contractor in which they have 21 days to prove their case
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It is the law in BC.

Yes the lien will not harm you at all except if you want to refinance or sell your property and even then you would not be stuck.

They have to sue within one year to perfect the lien.

So even if they register a lien this could just go away.

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