The effect of a final certificate will depend on the terms of the contract1. The contract may provide that the final certificate must: (1) state the amount finally due to the parties; (2) express the architect's satisfaction with the works; (3) release to the contractor the retention money2; or (4) contain any combination of these provisions. Thus where the architect has no power to certify the final balance due, a statement of the final balance due in a final certificate will not bind the parties
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