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Contractor ripping off customers

Discussion in 'Contractor Talk' started by jar546, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    This is not an isolated case in Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, it is all too prevalent in a state that does not have statewide licensing of contractors. Not that licensing would fix problem 100% but it would certainly help. Only a few larger cities in PA have any form of licensing and now, with the contractor registration act in PA which is a complete joke, municipalities could not put in place licensing requirements if they wanted to. As usual, the Pennsylvania legislators passed laws full of problems and don't pass the ones they should. On a side note, I like when the reporter touches a wet service panel in a detached garage.

    http://wnep.com/2014/01/09/state-ag-to-take-over-contractor-case/
     
  2. fatboy

    fatboy Administrator

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    CO does not have statewide licensing for GC's either, nor do we have a local requirement. Sucks when we have a weather event, everyone and their brother blow in here from every state within 500 miles.........grrrr......
     
  3. ICE

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    It could be worse...he might have done the work.
     
  4. RJJ

    RJJ Platinum Member

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    It is left to the inspector! Which by the way is out on a limb with his pants down!
     
  5. TheCommish

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    we have licensing and registrations, with an exception for the home owner to be responsible for the work, so the unlicensed guys and eve some of the lessened guys tell they can save money be signing for the permit. the owner forget to calls for the final and/or that phase of the work, has paid the contractor, and now is tuck with the violations.

    crappy system, no way to easy way to write fines either since town will not appoint hearing officer, it cost money to have the hearings officer
     
  6. steveray

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    But what about all of that permit revenue you generate?..... ;)

     
  7. ICE

    ICE Sawhorse

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    I could have said it better myself!
     
  8. TheCommish

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    permit revenue, the last few years I just covered operating expenses, banner year 2013, vocation high school 150K permit (3 year project), and 49 housing units about 50K could cover the hearing officer for years to come, but wait we need the money to cover the rest of the towns operating deficit.
     
  9. mark handler

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    Real big problem in CA

    Even bigger with the messed up economy

    Came across two contractors today with suspended licenses, one for contracting work and not preforming
     
  10. mtlogcabin

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    Florida established a recovery fund to help people recoup their losses
    Florida had a penny per sq ft surcharge on all new buildings and additions to study radon in Florida. When that was completed in the early 90's they took the penny per sq ft and established the fund to help homeowners recoup their losses to licensed contractors who stiffed people through shoddy or incomplete work.

    Hire un-licensed and the fund will not help you

    Seems like it is still working

    http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/documents/recov_info.pdf
     
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  11. Keystone

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    Our office receives calls like this once a month, we take all information and cross check it with anything we may have. If nothing is found we advise send certified letter and if no response to contact state attorney generals office.

    We've had positive feedback from the state attorney's office/homeowners.

    There are situations when a homeowner has to do more than accept the lowest quote with a name and number and fork over cash/check. Not to say that we haven't seen legitimate contractor's go over the deep end.
     
  12. ADAguy

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    On an order of magnitude basis, CA tries but is overwhelmed by the number of unlicensed who rise and fall with the tide.
    The only ones who benefit are the attorneys.
    "Buyer be wary"
     

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