In Arizona When A Contractor Must Be Hired To Make Repairs

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In Arizona must the seller use a licensed contractor to make roof repairs?

Here is an example: The buyer and seller executed an AAR Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract. After the home inspection, the buyer requested that certain roof repairs be made. In the Buyer’s Inspection Notice and Seller’s Response (“BINSR”), the seller agreed to repair the roof. The bid for the roof repair is $2,500.

The answer?  Yes.


Why?  In Arizona “it is unlawful for any person” or entity to submit a bid or provide construction services without a contractor license. A.R.S. § 32-1151. There is a commonly cited handyman exemption to this rule which allows an unlicensed handyman to perform work “for which the aggregate contract price … is less than $1,000.” A.R.S. § 32-1121(A)(14). The statute goes on to say “the work or operations which are exempt under this paragraph shall be of a casual or minor nature.” Id. Moreover, the handyman exemption does not apply if the work requires a building permit. A.R.S. § 32-1121(A)(14)(a). Accordingly, because the work in this case exceeds $1,000 and is not casual or minor in nature, a licensed contractor must be utilized.



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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Spirit -- this is a commonly asked question and a good one to provide an answer as the response can vary by location.  

Nov 16, 2015 02:11 AM #1
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

And you would definitely want it to be this way anyway. No offense but I am NOT taking the sellers word its fixed I want ensured it is and by an independent and licensed  third party

Nov 16, 2015 02:15 AM #2
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Spirit - This is excellent information and advice for anyone purchasing real estate in Arizona.

Nov 16, 2015 03:26 AM #3
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