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CCB crackdown on unlicensed contractors

July 30, 2014

Summer is a crazy time for the constrction industry. Trying to manage projects and not over schedule can be more challenging then the projects themselves. We often see work being done to a home and wonder if the people doing the work are a licensed  company, or just someone who does work on people's homes "on the side."

This came in the recent CCB newsletter:

 

"CCB investigators turned up more than 70 potential violations of contractor law after unannounced visits to 400-plus construction sites along the Oregon Coast and in Central and Eastern Oregon.
Seven investigators concentrated their efforts to find unlicensed contractors and other violations from coastal Bandon north to Astoria, from Hood River and The Dalles east to Pendleton, and from the Bend area east to Ontario. The single-largest number of violations, 31, involved people working without a contractor’s license. Seven additional cases involved hiring an unlicensed subcontractor. "

"Radio stations throughout Oregon are airing 30-second ads in English and Spanish, reminding homeowners to use a licensed contractor on building/remodeling projects.
The campaign started June 16 and continues through Sept. 14. It cost $15,000, and uses the voices of CCB staff.  
The ads point out that people living in homes built prior to 1978 need to hire a contractor who is lead paint-safe. The money for the $15,000 campaign is coming from fines generated in the lead-based paint program"

 

It take work, continuing education, honesty, and money to remain an actively licensed contractor and it is worth it. If you or someone you know are considering haveing work done on your home be sure to check out your contractor BEFORE you hire them.

 



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