Payment notices are an effective tool to dispute an invoiced sum, with both parties required by law to serve a notice at least five days prior to its due date – failing which, it could constitute breach of contract and lead to serious repercussions.

They are “Official” Documentation

Payment notices are official documents used to request payment from contractors for work performed. Contract Administrator of Employers Agent typically issues this statement and includes information such as interim valuation date, final bill due date and contract sum as adjusted during project development. The final certificate of account reflects both the last payment made and any final certificate of account issued.

According to a lot of people who write-up contracts and other standard forms, its payment mechanism requires that one is sent out within five working days of the due date. They must detail both the notified amount and its calculation process, with any failure to do so leading to it becoming an invalid notice and becoming default notices.

Before the changes were made to the Act, payers could avoid paying sums certified in payment certificates or requested via an application for money by issuing one – provided it adhered to statutory requirements like these (and contracts) that they contain details regarding both its amount and method of calculation.

Under the new rules, payers must now issue them within five days of the due date and provide an explanation or calculation on how the sum was arrived at. If a contractor serves an invalid notice that does not meet these criteria, it becomes invalid and becomes an automatically generated notice (default notice).

Also under the new Act, payment mechanisms have undergone significant change and it is vital for paying parties to understand its ramifications and take measures to ensure that they are served promptly and contain all the relevant details. Doing this will prevent miscommunication between paying parties and avoid disputes over true value for works undertaken; making payment processes much more efficient in turn.

They are Legal Documents

Payment notices are legal documents that outline the amount owed to a contractor and outline their basis of calculation. They must be issued no later than five days post payment due date; failure to do so could result in breach of contract and serious repercussions and if it’s delivered outside the window, it may be invalid.

Another reason they might be invalid is when it arrives too early or too late, while also failing to include clear and consistent information that avoids disputes. Luckily, there are various online tools with user-friendly templates to assist with creating them; these make keeping track of required details easy as well as helping identify any mistakes before submitting them for submission.

In England, the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (the Construction Act that I talked about above) places payers under strict obligations regarding those issued, procedures they must abide by, and court enforcement. Failing to follow these provisions could incur severe cost implications; accordingly payers should remain vigilant to avoid falling into traps and stay abreast of developments in law to avoid making costly errors.

Failure to properly specify payment due dates is one of the most frequent mistakes made during construction projects, breaching Construction Act requirements that payment claims should specify “the sum which the party giving the notice considers was or became due at the time when relevant payments became due”.

Mistakenly including non-compliant terms in one can create the opportunity for disputes over its true value of works performed. When reviewing a claim, courts evaluate it against scheme requirements and contractual agreements as well as considering any submitted materials that support it.

Like I said – they are legally-binding documents used to inform project managers and other stakeholders of the amount due from subcontractors. Each notice should include the correct amount owed as well as details on what work has been completed, costs associated with those costs, an invoice number and both parties involved as well as their name and addresses ideally signed and dated for accuracy.

They are Contracts

Payment notices are, in actuality, formal contractual documents that outline the amount owing from work completed in a valuation period and the method by which this amount has been calculated, along with details on any work completed during that time, any issues or disputes pertaining to its cost, etc. They play an integral part of construction processes by helping ensure transparency and fairness during payment processes.

The Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 both offer powerful protections to payees of construction contracts, making it important that paying parties set up efficient payment processes, lest they risk adjudication or legal action being filed against them.

According to law, contractors must send one within five days of the ‘due date’ for payment, clearly setting out their notified amount and its basis of calculation as well as final date and any possible reduction of this sum by payers. If less than claimed is paid out then full details on how they arrived at this figure must also be included in this notice.

Contractors that fail to comply with the requirements of their risk having their claims invalidated due to requirements set out by the Act that require notices specifying an amount the contractor believes was owed at payment due dates (similar to JCT and NEC forms of contract), with more evidence supporting any particular valuation making it harder for an argument against it being met.

The Act also stipulates that paying parties must provide notice if they intend to pay less than the estimated sum for work completed during a valuation period, though as evidenced in recent TCC case C Spencer Limited v M W High Tech Project UK Ltd – this can often prove challenging.

They are Financial Documentation

Payment Notices play an integral role in the Application for Payment process and aid transparency and fairness throughout a project. This site: says that they’re also essential in complying with contract law and legislation. This is an important distinction to make as others don’t have to, due to state laws.

In particular, there are two cases from UK courts which show they take a very stringent stance towards issuing them that must meet all requirements set out by the Scheme for Construction Contracts.

Downs Road v Laxmanbhai involved an unusual notice strategy by the Employer. They issued one notice five days prior to each payment due date which served as a holding notice containing a nominal sum such as PS1, then some days later issued another out-of-time notice with an increased valuation. The court found this first notice invalid as it failed to meet statutory requirements that required it to specify what sum the Employer considered due along with an explanation or calculations as to how this figure had been determined.

Although this case may seem extreme, it highlights the importance of paying close attention to every detail when reviewing them for compliance with all requirements outlined by the Scheme for Construction Contracts. This includes making sure they contain all of the statutory information and are served properly while clearly showing the value of work done.

Contractors and subcontractors may initiate a Payment or Pay Less Notice adjudication to ascertain the true value of their works in the absence of an accurate notice. Such proceedings tend to be much quicker and cheaper to resolve than substantive adjudication proceedings as there’s no need to conduct full trials of each item of work involved.