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We hear from consumers from all over the State of Florida who are victims of unlicensed persons in various professions. People hire unlicensed persons for various reasons. Some people tell us they were not aware the person they hired was unlicensed. Some didn't think to ask because they felt they were in a desperate situation or they just “trusted” the character.

 

A few didn't care at first because they thought they were being a “smart shopper" when they got a cheap price quote. Generally people just don’t realize the potential financial harm they put themselves, their families and often their homes in, when they hire unlicensed persons.  Occasionally they hear of people who were taken by an unscrupulous person, but they don’t think it could happen to them.

 

This section is dedicated to brief anecdotes from letters and complaints filed by consumers who shared their unfortunate experience with hiring an unlicensed and unscrupulous person.

Think it couldn't happen to you? Think again….

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1. A case of "Take the Money and Run"

2. A case of "Not so Easy Breezy"

3. A case of "Less Than Picture Perfect"

4. A case of "Unlicensed Contractor Dives Into Pool Work"

 

1. A case of "Take the Money and Run"

 

July 2014- Homeowner signed a contract to have his home re-roofed for $2,700.  The unlicensed individual was paid $2,100 up front and agreed to complete the job in two weeks. After two weeks went by and no work was performed the homeowner contacted the unlicensed individual and was told that he had no intention of performing the work and no longer had the money.

2. A case of "Not so Easy Breezy"

 

July 2013- Homeowner signed a contract with an unlicensed AC company to install a 16 seer unit, reroute air ducts and replace old electrical wiring and piping for $3,769. According to a subsequent contractor, a permit was not pulled and numerous things were wrong with the work performed. The homeowner estimated cost to correct the faulty work is $1,500.

3. A case of "Less Than Picture Perfect"

 

April 2014- Homeowner signed a contract with an unlicensed individual to install siding, casement windows and picture frame windows for the contract price of $5,306.18. The homeowner paid the unlicensed individual checks totaling $2,653.09.  In this particular case a flooring company falsely represented themselves to the homeowner as being able to perform window installation.

 

4. A case of "Unlicensed Contractor Dives Into Pool Work"

 

May 2014- Homeowner signed a contract with an unlicensed pool contractor to resurface a residential pool that included tile work.  Homeowner paid a total of $7,875.00 leaving a balance of $11,050. Due to a failure of the homeowner to pay the difference owed, the unlicensed pool company filed a lien against the homeowner’s property. 

 

We hope that you have found the above stories to be informative as to why you should hire licensed professionals to perform work that requires a Florida state license.

 

If you believe you have been a victim of unlicensed activity, you may want to file a complaint by filling out our Uniform Complaint Form, or by calling our Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1-866-1440 or (850) 487-1395.

 

If you would like to share with others about your experience with an unlicensed individual or company, please send a brief synopsis of your story to our office email at ULA@myfloridalicense.com. Sharing your story allows others to be aware of the dangers of unlicensed activity and possibly avoid the same unfortunate outcome.

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