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Homeowners In Dundalk Urged To Use Licensed Contractors For Repairs Caused By Recent Flood

 

Baltimore, MD (September 23, 2009) - Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez urges homeowners in the Dundalk area to be careful when selecting a contractor to repair damage to their home from the recent flood. Water can cause a wide variety of damage and homeowners need to make prompt repairs; however, to protect themselves and their properties, they need to be vigilant when hiring contractors.

"Too often, unlicensed contractors arrive after a tragedy such as this flood with offers to help when their true intent is to prey upon and rob individuals and families in distress," said Secretary Perez. "Often the first available or the cheapest contractor is not the right choice."

Homeowners who use licensed home improvement contractors are protected by the Maryland'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 unlicensed.

"Homeowners should remember the law requires contractors to hold a current license in order to perform home improvement, electrical, plumbing or heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVARC) work," said Stanley J. Botts, DLLR's Commissioner of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

It is unlawful for any home improvement contractor, electrician, plumber, or HVACR contractor to work in Maryland without a license. Penalties include criminal fines or imprisonment. Consumers may contact DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing at 410-230-6001 or our website to check the licensing status and complaint history of any contractor.