Debt collection in the construction industry.

Debt collection in construction often involves navigating issues such as payment delays, disputes over project scope, and cash flow problems. These are common hurdles that construction companies face and can be intensified by factors like rising inflation and increasing material and labor costs. Byrival’s expertise in debt collection services for the construction industry, backed by a thorough understanding of relevant laws and industry-specific financial challenges, makes us a reliable partner for construction companies looking to navigate these challenges effectively.

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Top challenges in construction debt collection

Payment Delays and Project Scope Disputes

In construction, payment delays often occur due to disputes over the project scope. These disputes can stall the payment process as parties negotiate the terms and specifics of the work completed. This challenge calls for a debt recovery agency like Byrival.

Cash Flow Management

ccThe construction industry often involves significant upfront costs for materials and labor. Managing these expenses while waiting for client payments can strain company's finances. This challenge arises as companies may find themselves short of funds to cover their own debts while they await payment from clients. This complicates the B2B debt collection process but Byrival can help simplify the process.

Legal and Compliance Issues

Compliance with laws like the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is crucial in private debt collection in construction. The industry's legal complexities, such as understanding and applying mechanic’s lien laws, add another layer of challenge. These legal considerations can complicate the debt collection process, as businesses must navigate these laws carefully to ensure they are collecting debts in a legally compliant manner.

Client Insolvency

The risk of client insolvency is higher in construction due to the scale and duration of projects. If a client becomes insolvent during a project, recovering owed amounts can be difficult, if not impossible. Our commercial debt recovery services cover these situations well.

Service offering

No Cure = No Pay

We understand the unpredictability of the construction industry and offer a ‘No Cure = No Pay’ model. This means if we don’t successfully recover the construction-related debt, you don’t pay any commission. Successful recoveries result in a commission fee, which in some instances, may be covered by the debtor.

No unexpected costs

Recognizing the specific needs of the construction industry, we charge clear start-up fees between €75 and €175 for each construction debt case. This ensures that each case gets the focused attention it requires, unlike larger B2B debt collection agencies that might handle a high volume with less individual care.

Amicable procedures

Our primary approach in the construction industry is to resolve cases amicably. This method is both cost-effective and time-efficient compared to lengthy legal processes. As a debt collection agency for small businesses, we prioritize resolving the majority of our construction debt cases amicably.

Legal procedures

For construction cases where amicable solutions are not possible, legal proceedings are initiated. Our private debt collectors work with a network of law firms experienced in construction law, ensuring expert legal representation wherever your debtor may be located.

Travel to Collect

Unique to our services is the ‘Travel to Collect’ approach, where our debt collection solicitors personally visit debtors anywhere in the world, an effective method especially in the global construction industry.

Personal contact

When you outsource debt collection to us, we provide a dedicated contact person for each of our clients in the construction sector. We ensure personalized service and updates on the case, and discussion about recovery strategies.

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Compliance & regulations details

EU Directive on Late Payment

In the EU, debt collection in the construction sector is governed by the Late Payment Directive. This directive mandates that payments for construction services must be made within 60 days unless otherwise contractually agreed. It allows businesses to charge interest and recover costs on late payments, creating a standardized framework across EU member states. This ensures that businesses in the construction industry have a right to timely compensation, reducing the risk of financial disruptions due to delayed payments.

Consumer Credit Directive

Relevant for construction businesses offering credit to consumers, this directive ensures transparent and responsible lending practices across the EU. It mandates clear disclosure of credit terms and borrower’s rights, including the right to withdraw from a credit agreement within 14 days. This directive influences how construction businesses manage credit and collect debts, ensuring fair treatment of consumers and standardized practices in credit offerings.

Cross-Border Debt Recovery in the EU

The European Order for Payment Procedure facilitates cross-border debt recovery within the EU. This procedure simplifies and expedites debt collection in cases where the debtor’s assets are located in a different EU country than the creditor. It’s particularly relevant for construction companies operating across borders, providing a uniform process for recovering outstanding debts from foreign debtors.

Directive on Combating Late Payment in Commercial Transactions

This directive specifically targets commercial transactions, including those in the construction industry. It aims to combat late payments in B2B transactions by setting maximum payment periods and allowing creditors to claim compensation for recovery costs. This directive supports construction businesses in maintaining cash flow and reducing the incidence of late payments.


Industries we operate in

Byrival is a global debt collection agency, offering specialized services tailored for the unique challenges of the construction industry. With more than 22 years of experience, we’ve cultivated in-depth expertise in various sectors. Whether your cases fall within or outside these industries, Byrival is equipped to provide effective debt collection solutions.

FAQ on international debt collection

Construction debt collection often involves complex contracts, multiple parties (like subcontractors and suppliers), and specific laws like mechanic’s lien laws. These factors require specialized knowledge in construction law and industry practices to navigate effectively. Byrival, with its expertise in construction debt collection, understands these unique challenges and tailors its approach accordingly.

Disputed debts are common in construction, often arising from disagreements over the quality of work or materials. Our international debt collection agency addresses these disputes by thoroughly reviewing contract terms, facilitating negotiations between parties, and providing legal expertise where necessary. Our approach aims to find a resolution that respects the interests of all parties involved.

Yes, Byrival specializes in international debt collection, including in the construction industry. Our international debt collectors are equipped to handle the varied legal frameworks and business practices across different countries, ensuring effective debt recovery regardless of geographical boundaries.

Essential documentation includes contracts, invoices, proof of work or delivery, correspondence related to the debt, and any notices of lien filed. This paperwork is crucial in establishing the legitimacy of the debt and forms the basis of the collection process. Byrival, a B2B collection agency assists clients in organizing and presenting these documents effectively.

Byrival stays updated with the latest laws and regulations relevant to the construction industry in different jurisdictions. We ensure that all debt collection practices are compliant with legal standards, including those related to mechanic’s liens, contract law, and fair debt collection practices. Our legal expertise and meticulous approach help safeguard clients against potential legal issues during the debt collection process.

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