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Construction glossary

What is a Surety?

A Surety, in the context of the construction industry, refers to a third-party entity that provides a guarantee or assurance to a project owner or client that a contractor will fulfill all obligations outlined in a contract. It is typically seen in the form of a surety bond, which protects the project owner against financial losses if the contractor fails to perform or complete the project as per their contractual obligations. The surety bears the risk of contractor's default and is legally responsible to either finance the project to completion or find an alternative contractor. The use of surety is common in projects, especially public construction projects, to ensure their successful completion.