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Subcontractor Default
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What is Subcontractor Default?

Subcontractor Default, often seen in the construction industry, refers to the circumstance when a subcontractor fails to fulfill their contractual obligations. This could be due to many reasons - ranging from financial instability and resource unavailability to poor performance or bankruptcy. When a Subcontractor Default occurs, the prime contractor becomes liable, which could lead to significant project delays, increased costs, and potential legal issues. It represents a major risk in the construction industry, which is why many firms secure themselves with Subcontractor Default Insurance (SDI) as a financial risk management tool. Managing relationships with subcontractors carefully, monitoring their performance, and conducting background checks are some ways to avoid Subcontractor Default.