Retention money is one of the important term in construction projects.This article briefly describes the definition of retention money and how to deduct it from contractor’s claim.
What is Retention Money in Construction Contracts?
Retention money is the amount of money deducted in the progress claim and keep by the employer. This is to safeguard the employer from any non-conformance of work by the contractor.
Usually in construction contracts,10% of the progress claim is deducted as retention money. However, the limit of retention is 5%. That means, the employer cannot deduct further money once the total deduction reaches the amount of 5% of the total construction project value.
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