Contractors and subcontractors throughout Arizona are familiar with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors ability to cite a licensed contractor for poor workmanship. However, many contractors are unaware that the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (“ROC”) also has the authority to cite a contractor or subcontractor for failure to pay money it owes. The ROC can suspend or revoke a contracting license for:
“Failure by a licensee or agent or official of a licensee to pay monies in excess of seven hundred fifty dollars when due for materials or services rendered in connection with the licensee’s operations as a contractor when the licensee has the capacity to pay or, if the licensee lacks the capacity to pay, when the licensee has received sufficient monies as payment for the particular construction work project or operation for which the services or materials were rendered or purchased.”
This authority is provided at: A.R.S. 32-1154(A)(10)
This can be an excellent tool to assist a supplier or subcontractor in collecting payment for work performed. A ROC complaint can be used alongside a mechanic’s lien claim or a lawsuit to collect payment.
Durazzo, Eckel & Hawkins represents owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in the ROC and in construction collection matters. For further information about the ROC, liens, or options for collecting payment on construction projects please contact any of our attorneys (Pat Durazzo, Neal Eckel or Eric Hawkins) at 520-792-0448 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our offices are located at 45 N. Tucson Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716.