The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has just issued a consumer alert regarding the new laws that have been established for roofing contractors.
Recently Coloradans have experienced severe weather, prompting the need for immediate home repairs. Consumers need to watch out for dishonest and phony contractors soliciting business. When considering a company, check with your local building, licensing and permits departments to see what licenses and permits the business is required to have for your location. Some locations require a peddlers and solicitors permit when going door-to-door soliciting business. Many times, traveling contractors come in to an area after severe storms seeking business to make a quick dollar and they do not have the necessary licensing and permits.
Licensing and permit requirements vary by county and municipality, which prompts the need for you to check with your local departments to see what they require.
Consumers need to check out reputable companies to get bids, and should get at least three bids before contracting for work. It is a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau, Colorado Attorney General’s Office and others to determine if a company is reputable.
On June 6, 2012, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 12-038 concerning measures toprotect consumers who engage a roofing contractor to perform roofing services on residential property. Effectively immediately, roofers are required to havea written contract between the homeowner and roofing contractor for any job over $1,000. The contract shall include: ·
Make sure you read and understand the contract before you sign it. In addition to obtaining acontract with the roofer, here are some additional consumer protection tips:
By following these steps, you can help protect yourself from fraud. If you have been victimized, file a complaint with your local law enforcement agency. The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Consumer Protection Line provides assistance to victims of crime and answers questions on white collar crime issues. If you have a question or need assistance, call 720-874-8547.
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