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February 2017

 

Cracking Down on Unlicensed Contractors

02/21/2017 http://www.nbcmiami.com/

If you’re hiring someone to do work on your home, do you take the time to check if they are licensed? Miami-Dade County says you should, especially since they say unlicensed contractors are a big problem in our area.

The problem is so prevalent that a few times a year, they join forces with Miami-Dade Police, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and other agencies to do unlicensed contractor stings.

NBC 6 Responds positioned several hidden cameras inside a vacant home, to capture what police described as a steady stream of unlicensed contractors. Two undercover police officers posed as homeowners looking to remodel the house.

 

City provides new options to report unlicensed contractors

02/15/2017 http://www.lehighacrescitizen.com/

Cape Coral's Code Compliance Division is providing direct links to report unlicensed contractors and unpermitted construction work. The city department has established a dedicated phone number and email address that citizens can use to alert the city to suspected illegal contracting and construction activity. The phone number is 239-242-3783, and the email is unlicensed@capecoral.net.
"Work performed by unlicensed contractors does not have proper permits and is not inspected to ensure compliance with state building codes, which can affect the safety and welfare of the homeowner," said Code Manager Richard Carr. "Unfortunately, the homeowner is the one who is liable for the additional costs associated with bringing shoddy, unpermitted work up to code."
The city also works with the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association to provide information about the importance of hiring licensed contractors, and checking their references and credentials.

 

January 2017

 

Man posing as real estate agent arrested

01/23/2017 http://www.fox13news.com

Clearwater - Plenty of people use websites like Craigslist to buy or sell homes, but authorities warn not everyone out there is who they say they are.

On Friday, police in Michigan arrested Kervin Moreno, a man accused of posing as a real estate agent and broker in Pinellas and Pasco counties.

 

Officials warn of possible storm damage cleanup scams

01/24/2017 http://www.bradenton.com/

Now that the winds have died down and the rain has passed, officials don’t want residents to become prey for scammers who may claim to clean up the mess last weekend’s storms left behind.

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office released a statement Tuesday warning Florida residents of possible scams. After the damaging storms, individuals may try to prey on the affected, according to the release.

 

Six arrested for contracting without a license

01/30/2017 http://www.wjhg.com/

WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE (Press Release) -A three-day operation leads to the arrest of six individuals for contracting without a license.

Walton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted a joint operation focusing on unlicensed contractors Wednesday through Friday last week. This operation began with a DBPR employee making contact with various suspects who were advertising services online. Appointments were set up with the suspects who would give estimates for their work in exchange for money.

Suspects would meet with undercover investigators at an arranged location and conduct an estimate. Once it was determined the suspect was operating as a licensed contractor without a valid contracting license they were stopped by units of the Walton County Sheriff's Office and issued a notice to appear. Each individual was also issued a cease and desist order from DBPR. This operation resulted in six subjects being issued NTAs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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