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

A Pay-When-Paid Clause refers to a contractual provision often used within the construction industry. This clause essentially stipulates that a contractor or a subcontractor is not obliged to pay their subcontractors or suppliers until they themselves receive payment from the project owner. It serves to manage the risk associated with the delay or failure of payment in the construction chain, allowing the contractor to pass on the financial risks to the subcontractors. Such a clause can have significant implications on cash flows and may affect the commercial viability of construction projects, particularly for smaller subcontractors. It's crucial for all parties involved to carefully negotiate these provisions.