What is Retention Money in Construction Contracts

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

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,employer cannot deduct further money once the total deduction reaches the amount of 5% of total construction project value.

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Amila Gamage is a Contracts Engineer with more than 16 years experience in construction sector. She writes this blog to share her experience and knowledge in the field of Contract Administration. View all posts by Amila Gamage

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