Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC)
The Maryland Home Improvement Commission licenses and regulates home improvement contractors, subcontractors and salespersons. Home improvement work includes alteration, remodeling, repair or replacement of a building or part of a building used as a residence. Home improvement also includes work done on individual condominium units. Home improvement does not include work done on commonly owned areas of condominiums or buildings that contain four or more single family units. The Commission investigates complaints by homeowners, awards monetary damages against licensed contractors, and prosecutes violators of the home improvement law and regulations.
The Commission has a Guaranty Fund (The Fund) supported by licensed contractors, who pay a Guaranty Fund assessment when they obtain their Home Improvement license and each time they renew their license. This Fund compensates homeowners for actual monetary losses due to poor workmanship or failure to perform a home improvement contract. The Fund applies only to work done by licensed contractors. The maximum amount that a homeowner may recover through the Fund is the amount paid to the contractor, up to $20,000. If the total amount of all claims against a contractor equals more than $100,000, then each homeowner’s award is pro-rated based upon the total amount awarded to each claimant.
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News and Updates
None at this time
Proposed Regulations Currently Open for Public Comment
There are no proposed regulations by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at this time.
To register your comments with the Commission, send your letter to David Finneran, Executive Director, Maryland Home Improvement Commission, 500 N. Calvert Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; call 410-230-6169; e-mail David Finneran; or fax 410-962-8482.