2006 Michigan Compiled Laws - Mich. Comp. Laws § 570.253 Owner or lessee may retain money to pay demands; statement of contractor; protection of owners.
Act 146 of 1937
570.253 Owner or lessee may retain money to pay demands; statement of contractor; protection of owners.
The owner, part owner, or lessee may at any time retain from any monies due to the original contractor, an amount sufficient to pay all demands owing or unpaid to any sub-contractor, material man, or laborer who has filed and certified the notice in the manner and form as provided in section 2 of this act. The original contractor shall, whenever any payment of money shall come due from the owner, part owner, or lessee or whenever he desires to draw any money from the owner, part owner, or lessee on such contract, make out and give to the owner, part owner, or lessee, or his agent, a statement under oath, of the number and name of every sub-contractor or laborer in his employ, and of every person furnishing the materials, giving the amount if anything, which is due or to become due to them or any of them for work done or materials furnished, and the owner, part owner or lessee or his agent may retain out of any money then due or to become due to the contractor, an amount sufficient to pay all demands that are due or to become due to such sub-contractors, laborers, and material men, as shown by the contractor's statement, and pay the same to them according to their respective rights, and all payments so made shall, as between such owner, part owner, or lessee, and such contractor, be considered the same as if paid to such original contractor. Until the statement provided for in this section is made, in manner and form as herein provided, the contractor shall have no right of action or lien against the owner, part owner, or lessee on account of such contract, and any payments made by the owner, part owner, or lessee, before such statement is made, or without retaining sufficient money, if that amount be due or is to become due, to pay the sub-contractors, laborers, or material men, as shown by the statement, shall be considered illegal and made in violation of the rights of the persons intended to be benefited by this act, and the rights of such sub-contractors, laborers and material men to a lien shall not be affected thereby. If neither such owner, part owner, lessee, or his agent can be found within the county, then it shall not be necessary for the contractor to make and deliver such statement as a prerequisite to the institution of proceedings under this act, or other suit or proceeding. In order that the owner, part owner, or lessee may be protected, he may at any time during the progress of the work demand in writing of the contractor, the statement herein provided for, which shall be made by the contractor and given to the owner, part owner, or lessee, or his agent, and if such contractor fail to furnish such statement within 5 days after demand made, he shall be liable to such owner, part owner, or lessee, each time he so refuses or neglects to comply with such demand, in the sum of 100 dollars, and also for all actual damages occasioned by such neglect or refusal, to be recovered in an action on the case or in any other appropriate proceeding.
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