Sacramento Superior Court Supports Disgorgement from Building Contractor Lacking License During Any Part of a Construction Project; Contractor Compelled to Refund All Payments Received During Entire Project

This is a follow-up to my August 2008 article advising that, based on a series of recent cases, California courts would be entitled to order any building contractor or subcontractor who performed construction work with a contractor’s license that was suspended during part of the project to refund all sums the contractor was paid for all work on the entire project. This rule would apply not only to work performed by the contractor while the license was suspended, but also to work performed while the license was properly in place. This follow up article is to inform you that the Sacramento Superior Court has clearly adopted this doctrine.

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Contractor Lacking License at Any Time During Construction Project Can be Compelled to Refund All Payments Received During Entire Project; A Prejudgment Writ of Attachment May Secure Refund

The above title would tend to trigger a “double take” and at least a few questions: Did I read that correctly? Do you mean that if my contractors’ license is suspended at any point during a construction project, I could be required to repay every penny I received for my work throughout the entire project? Even for work done while my license was properly in place? Contractors and Subcontractors may be surprised to learn that the answer to all of these questions is “Yes.” Here is why…

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