A Massachusetts Subcontractor Agreement is a legally binding document that allows a subcontractor to work with a contractor within the context of a larger project.
Both parties sign and date this agreement, which specifies when work begins, what the job entails, what the completion date is, how the contractor is to pay the subcontractor, and other essential details to protect the rights of both parties.
When a contractor accepts a job to improve a piece of real property within the state, he or she may need more labor or skills to complete certain parts of the job (like electrical or plumbing work). The prime contractor may need access to specific equipment or other resources. To fill that need, he or she may turn to a subcontractor who works on only those parts of the job the contractor needs, not as an employee but as a for-hire person for the specific task.
Per Mass. General Laws c.142A § 9(a), “No contractor or subcontractor shall undertake, offer to undertake, or agree to perform residential contracting services unless registered therefor with the approval of the office of consumer affairs and business regulation.”