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Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor
Thought I might say a few things about unlicensed contractors. If you hire a contractor and they perform a job where the total amount of labor and material exceeds $500.00, by law, they must be licensed. You are not obligated to pay an unlicensed contractor for a job if the combined total of labor and material is over $500. In fact, not only are they not due the money, they will be fined for their activity if you report them.California courts do not allow an unlicensed contractor to file a law suit against the homeowner for work performed on jobs over the legal limit of $500.00._________________________________________From the CSLB website:California Business and Professions Code 7028 (a)Unlicensed Contractor’s Have No Legal Recourse To Enforce Work ContractsUnlicensed contractors may be surprised to discover they cannot legally recover any financial damages they may have incurred as part of a contract for work that requires a license, in which a customer did not hold up their end of the deal California business and professions code 7031. In addition, any person who hires an illegal contractor to perform work that requires a license can bring a suit against the contractor for all payments made and the unlicensed contractor ... more

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