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Pay-if-Paid Clause
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What is a Pay-if-Paid Clause?

A Pay-if-Paid Clause is a contractual agreement prevalent in the construction industry. Generally, this clause can be found in subcontracts between the General Contractor(GC) and their subcontractors. According to the clause, the GC is not obliged to pay the subcontractors unless and until they themselves have received full payment from the project owner. Therefore, it effectively transfers the risk of the project owner's insolvency from the GC to their subcontractors. It serves as a protection for the GC against financial instability. This type of clause has its controversies, as some jurisdictions view it as unfair to subcontractors due to the assignment of financial risk.