Construction Management
Construction Management
5th Edition
ISBN: 9781119256809
Author: Daniel W. Halpin, Bolivar A. Senior, Gunnar Lucko
Publisher: WILEY

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The differences between “liquidated damages” and a “penalty” for the late completion of the contract.

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The difference between the “liquidated damages” and a “penalty” for the late completion of the contract is as follows:

The difference between the former and the latter is that the liquidated damages is the sum of money that the concerned project owner loses for not completing the project, whereas the penalty for the late completion of the contract simply means that the contractor needs to pay a fine for not completing the work on time or rather completing the work after the due time. It is unrelated. It differs from liquidated damages, which can be shown by the project owner for receiving the finished work late.

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