Homeowners Urged to Use Licensed Contractors for Repair of Damages Caused by Recent Storms


Baltimore, MD (June 2, 2012) – 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 are advised 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,” according to Interim Secretary Jensen.

“Too often, unlicensed contractors follow storms with offers to help, when their true intent is to prey upon individuals and families in distress,” said Jensen. “Hiring an unlicensed contractor can lead to many other problems.”

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 and/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.

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