Homeowners Urged to Use Licensed Contractors for Repairs Caused by Recent Storms
Scott R. Jensen, Interim Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) urges homeowners to use caution when hiring a contractor to repair damage from the recent storms. Because the storms caused severe damage, homeowners need prompt repair; however, to protect themselves and their homes, owners to be careful before hiring contractors.
“Homeowners should remember that Maryland laws protect consumers by requiring contractors to hold a current license in order to perform home improvement, electrical, plumbing, or HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) work. Often the first available or the cheapest contractor is the wrong choice,” said Interim Secretary Jensen.
Only homeowners who hire licensed home improvement contractors are protected by the State’s Home Improvement Guaranty Fund. This fund is administered by DLLR’s Home Improvement Commission to compensate homeowners who suffer economic damages at the hands of a licensed home improvement contractor. No coverage is provided to the homeowner if the contractor is not properly licensed.
It is unlawful for any home improvement contractor, electrician, plumber, or HVACR contractor to work in Maryland without a license. Penalties include fines or imprisonment. Consumers may contact DLLR’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing at 410-230-6309 or visit the website to check on the licensing status and complaint history of any contractor.