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February 12, 2016: Fraud Alert: Unlicensed Contractors Targeting Homeowners During El Niño Season

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The weather phenomenon El Niño can do damage in more ways than one.

In anticipation of El Niño, unlicensed contractors are peddling unnecessary or shoddy services that homeowners should avoid. They are advertising online, promising work such as roofing repairs or flood protection at low cost.

However, sometimes the home improvement projects are never done if payment is made up front or the workmanship is so poor that the job has to be redone later.

TIPS:

  • Ask contractors if they are licensed
  • Check the state’s Contractors State License Board at http://cslb.ca.gov to ensure the workers are licensed to do the kind of work needed
  • Don’t make a final payment until the job is done

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