I recently had a contractor do some work on my house.
I was not happy with them at all: They started later than promised, finished later than promised, did not update me on progress, literally forgot to do part of the project (they did it later, after it came up in inspection), sent me the wrong invoice, and then failed to void the wrong invoice as promised.
The original terms were 1/2 up-front and 1/2 when the job is done.
Now that the job is done, I have not received the final invoice. (I can guess why: I have reason to believe they sent it to the wrong address because of their own sloppy record-keeping)
Do I have any legal obligation to pursue this invoice? To call them and ask about it?
Or am I safe in not paying until I'm invoiced, and not being particularly aggressive about receiving the invoice? What might happen in the long run if I never receive the invoice and never pay it?
I found the following parts about payment in the contract:
Payment for each invoice is due to XXX no later than five (5) days after the invoice date.
Full payment of XXX’s final invoice within 30 days of the date on the final invoice is a condition precedent to the operation of RWA’s warranty.
Based on discussion here, I realized that what I was really after is a Lien Release. I went into their office and demanded the Lien Release. That is when they realized they had not provided the final invoice, and they finally provided one (more than a month after project completion). I paid the invoice (reluctantly, but honestly), and got my Lien Release.