Licensing – Forensic dirt analysis
All is not as it seems, Mr. Watson. To truly understand the history of these villainous acts, we must scrutinize the evidence and reconstruct the crimes. We’ll focus only on factual violations that have earned their place of dishonor on the Board’s violation page. But our examination will show that sometimes the punishment does not fit the crime.
Let us examine the story of someone who is still working in Southern California despite having violations back as far as 1998 for 7107 (Abandonment without legal excuse of any construction project), 7109A (Departed from Trade Standards), 7113 (Exceeded Contract Amount) and a few months later, he added 7116 (Willful or Fraudulent Act) and another 7107 abandonment to his sheet. He did eventually lose his license but in the time it took, lots more consumers got ripped off. A background check (mandatory for anyone that applies to work for me) revealed a couple of felony convictions and some jail time for domestic abuse. Even though he is not a licensed contractor at this time, he does run his own handyman outfit locally and receives most of his business from one of those Internet contractor referral services and lists. As a handyman, he isn’t required to be licensed but for you as a consumer, wouldn’t you like to know this information before you invite him into your home or business? No names please – I have no desire to spend time and money defending against even a frivolous lawsuit. My role is to provide the tools a consumer needs to do their own research and protect themselves and their family.
A cautionary word before you move on in your search for the perfect contractor – Consumers don’t really want to hear this, but lots of these complaints come from people who are unreasonable or just plain wrong. Many consumers have a need to ‘win’ and look to get something for free or greatly discounted. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this in such a public forum, but I’m who really dislikes fighting and when confronted with an individual who finds an argument to justify just about anything, sometimes I’ll provide a free service in order to find a less stressful solution.
In the last article, we touched on a code violation (7110) in which the contractor had failed to pull and pay for the necessary building permits. This one line violation doesn’t mention the fact that (according to the contractor in question), he failed to get the permit because the homeowner had allegedly agreed to pay for it but then refused and (again, according to the contractor) lied to the State Inspector about it. The contractor paid for the permit and so now it shows “Complete” on his rap sheet. Even assuming his version is the truth, the contractor was still in the wrong as it is his responsibility to put details like who pays for the permit in writing. He should have known better.
It isn’t just consumer complaints that appear on this website page. What’s also listed is any violation of contractor law so the violation may appear simply because the contractor’s paperwork isn’t in order. But even in that situation, the contractor gets plenty of warning and time to get things straight before he is forever tarnished with the Stain of Violation.