Homeowners are constantly upgrading their homes with the help of contractors or building a new project. While many contractors claim to be licensed in the field, only few may truly be. It’s in a homeowner’s best interest to always seek the services of a licensed contractor. However, many homeowners nonetheless hire unlicensed contractors who provide more trouble than assistance. Those who have been taken advantage of by an unlicensed contractor should immediately seek legal assistance. Hiring an attorney for this issue can help you remedy your damages.
Who Is an Unlicensed Contractor?
A contractor is a person who undertakes the task of performing any construction-type work on your residential or commercial property. An unlicensed contractor is a person who has failed to maintain a valid license with the Contractor’s State License Board, during the entire time period of the construction they were hired to complete.
What Are the Risks of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor?
There are several risks associated with hiring an unlicensed contractor. Some risks include personal liability for injuries, lack of quality craftsmanship, and improper insurances.
A homeowner can be personally liable if a person is injured during the work performed by an unlicensed contractor. Paying for such injuries can be extremely costly.
Lack of Quality Craftsmanship
Most unlicensed contractors do not operate with proper permits. This creates a risk that the unlicensed contractor’s work will not be monitored by proper city officials. As such, the quality of work usually will not meet industry standards.
Lack of Insurance Coverage
Many unlicensed contractors do not maintain an insurance policy. An uninsured unlicensed contractor can lead to out-of-pocket expenses for homeowners. Faulty work completed by an uninsured unlicensed contractor is not covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Additionally, product warranties can be voided due to the work done by the uninsured unlicensed contractor. Such situations will lead to costly out-of-pocket expenses for homeowners.
How to Handle the Case of an Unlicensed Contractor?
If you find yourself in conflict with your unlicensed contractor and cannot come to a resolution, you should immediately consult an attorney. Often times, the best means of handling these cases is pursuing a remedy through the legal system. Generally, the unlicensed contractor will be questioned for poor quality work, mismanagement of resources and the abandonment of the contract. These issues can only be handled with the proper expertise of a qualified attorney.