Unjust Enrichment in Construction
Unjust Enrichment in construction projects can have serious consequences for all parties involved. It is crucial for contractors, owners, and architects to be aware of this legal principle and its applications. An example of Unjust Enrichment in construction is when a contractor performs additional work without the owner’s knowledge or consent and submits a request for payment. The owner is under no legal obligation to pay for the work because it was not included in the contract, and the contractor would be unjustly enriched. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) contract documents can help prevent Unjust Enrichment by documenting changes to the construction project that occur after the contract has been signed or during the construction process. The AIA G701 and G714 forms ensure that all parties are aware of and agree to any changes to the project, legally justifying them and preventing Unjust Enrichment. Understanding and adhering to the principle of Unjust Enrichment is vital for a fair and successful construction project.