New Jersey Finds 124 Unregistered Post-Sandy Contractors

March 6, 2013

New Jersey inspectors have found 124 unregistered contractors doing work on homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy since January.

Investigators with the state Division of Consumer Affairs in Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties contacted nearly 630 contractors to ensure they are properly registered with the division. The contractors were either working on storm-damaged homes or seeking business at area home improvement shows.

Unregistered contractors will get a warning first; subsequent violations will result in fines.

The registration requirements apply to roofers, masons, window installers or any other type of home improvement contractor.

Eric Kanefsky, the agency’s acting director, says homeowners should make sure a company is registered before hiring them to do any work. Among other things, contractors have to have at least $500,000 in liability insurance.

 

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  • March 7, 2013 at 10:05 am
    Roland says:
    I’ll bore y’all a little more by expanding on my first point. Shortly after Sandy I saw a news report about unlicensed contractors “taking advantage of homeowners.” Th... read more
  • March 7, 2013 at 9:03 am
    Roland says:
    "Eric Kanefsky, the agency’s acting director, says homeowners should make sure a company is registered before hiring them to do any work." No, no, no. Government registratio... read more
  • March 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    Agent2 says:
    Unregistered contractors can cause almost as much damage as government officials!
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