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Eli

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I just saw on the news where an elderly man got taken advantage of by an unlicensed building contractor on a $40k job. The work is shoddy.

The way he did it is by getting the homeowner to pull the building permit. Code enforcement said don't ever pull the building permit as a homeowner. Always get a licensed contractor to pull the permit. Get a copy of their bond too.

He's blessed because he is a disabled veteran and some good licensed contractors are going to fix it free. They are volunteering.
 
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Mark K

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The worst "builder" in this area does this exact same thing. He lost his contractor license and now has the owner pull the permits and he works as a "consultant" to the owner claiming to save the owner big $$ using him instead of the 'high priced' contractors.

Last house I appraised for refi that he was involved with was new construction but he had a used, 15 yr. old furnace installed, three different types of windows (vinyl DH, wd, csmt, and wd DH) that were bought at a used material store, the floor in the living room bounced like a trampoline when you walked across it (and I'm not that heavy), etc. Pretty sad. The owner hadn't even noticed the three different types of windows, much less that they were used.
 

ucbruin

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I just saw on the news where an elderly man got taken advantage of by an unlicensed building contractor on a $40k job. The work is shoddy.

The way he did it is by getting the homeowner to pull the building permit. Code enforcement said don't ever pull the building permit as a homeowner. Always get a licensed contractor to pull the permit. Get a copy of their bond too.

He's blessed because he is a disabled veteran and some good licensed contractors are going to fix it free. They are volunteering.

2 things I hate about stories like this.....

1. Elderly gets taken advantage of....
2. Elderly is younger than me.....
 

Mark K

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Yeah, there's nothing quite like the first time the kid behind the counter at Wendy's asks you if you want the "senior" coffee.

When I found out it was only 10 cents I said 'Hell Yes!'
 

Restrain

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What we have down here is the use of contracting laws to protect local contractors from competition. When the contractor is accused of something, it is the 'good 'ol boy' protection system. Licensing is not necessarily the answer.
 

Eli

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I don't understand totally. I know code enforcement here told the elderly man and the news that the elderly man had no recourse because he pulled the permit, which the unlicensed contractor convinced him to do.

He is just blessed that some licensed contractors are volunteering to fix it.

If the contractor would have been licensed and bonded and pulled the permit, it would have been different.
 
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Restrain

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What code enforcement says and what the courts say are two entirely different things. If a 'contractor', licensed or not, enters into a contract, that contract is legally binding. The failure to complete leads to a lawsuit. Now, if the contractor has no assets, well, yeah, no real recourse. In the case of assets, the homeowner can recover.
 
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