What is a Joint Check Agreement?
A Joint Check Agreement is a contractual agreement in the construction industry used to ensure all parties involved in a project get paid. This agreement involves primarily three parties - the property owner, general contractor, and subcontractor or material supplier. The property owner or general contractor issues a check payable to both the subcontractor and materials supplier, providing a layer of protection against mechanic's lien. This means both parties must endorse the check for it to be cashed, ensuring the funds are distributed appropriately. This way, it mitigates the risk of non-payment for subcontractors and suppliers. Additionally, it helps the owner or general contractor to ensure project progression without disputes or delays related to payment issues. However, details of the agreement, like the proportion of payment to each party, need to be clearly outlined to avoid potential conflicts.