The increase began in 2008 and 2009 during the recession, at a time when the region’s building industry stalled, said building official Greg Yantorno. He also said that most unlicensed contract work involves interior remodeling and repairs rather than construction or home additions.
It is important for homeowners and business owners to make sure that the contractor they hire is licensed. If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you could be held liable if the contractor is injured on the job, and any work done by the contractor may not be covered by your property insurance.
The Sarasota, Florida local government recognizes that some homeowners may be tempted to hire unlicensed contractors because they are cheaper, but they strongly warn against it.
“If you are a homeowner or business owner and you want to roll the dice and take a chance, it may come back and bite you pretty hard,” said Alan Anderson, vice president of the Home Builders Association of Manatee-Sarasota.
You can verify if a contractor is licensed by contacting your local government.
Source: Herald Tribune
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