Home Improvement Firms Must Register

April 1, 2011

Excerpt of article from The Daily Journal.com
to read the full article (is in the second section) goto: http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104010309

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs is seeking out unregistered home improvement contractors to warn them to comply or face fines up to $10,000 each.

Under New Jersey’s Contractors’ Registration Act, home improvement contractors must register with the state and obtain a registration number that begins “13VH …”

Contractors must display that number on their signage, including signs on commercial vehicles, as a reference for consumers. To register, a home improvement contractor must provide proof of liability insurance and disclose a legitimate business address.

Complaints about dishonest or shoddy home improvement contractors are the second-most common type of complaint the State Division of Consumer Affairs received from consumers in 2010, representing 1,401 of the 13,761 consumer complaints the Division received.

The undercover effort includes using a pickup truck disguised as a home improvement contractor’s truck. State Consumer Affairs investigators, in tandem with county and municipal Consumer Affairs investigators, are scouting the parking lots of home improvement stores, hardware stores, and other places across the state where contractors congregate, seeking out those who advertise that they perform home improvement work, but fail to display a state registration number.

“We’re going on the offensive,” said Thomas R. Calcagni, Acting Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs. Since March 2, investigators have issued warnings to 54 contractors in Essex, Gloucester, Morris and Warren counties.
Register using materials available at http://njconsumeraffairs.gov/HIC/HIC — application.htm

Consumers can check the online database of approximately 43,000 registered contractors at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/

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