Experience Credit and Illegal Unlicensed Contracting in Disaster Areas

As we learn from our first contractor experience does have an expiration date. Disaster however knows no calendar, cares nothing about its victims and often opens doors to unscrupulous criminals who would victimize those already damaged by tragedy as they seek to recover and rebuild…

Q:  I worked for a Construction company many years ago and I’m considering purchasing an existing business which has a Contractor’s license.  Will my past experience allow me to Qualify the license and become the RMO (Responsible Managing Officer)?

A:  It depends on what you mean by “many years ago.”  The CSB will only consider work experience gained within the last ten years.  As you probably know, a total of four years of full-time work experience is required.  If you meet the requirement and would like our assistance with this process please contact the office.

Tragic firestorms have cost lives, destroyed dreams and reduced urban and wild landscapes to ashes in 2018 across the state. As communities recover and work begins to clear property and rebuilding starts it’s important that these victims of disaster are not victimized a second time. It’s also a crime. 

The Contractors State License Board is issuing a warning to consumers to beware of ‘unscrupulous, unlicensed contractors who often prey on victims of natural disasters.’

In a press release the Board reminds everyone that it is a felony to contract without a license in a declared disaster area. In a personal appeal from CSLB Registrar David Fogt, “Take your time and protect yourself against con artists who will take your money and run, or incompetent contractors who perform shoddy work. Hire only licensed contractors and check their qualifications.”

Whether a fire, flood, mudslide or earthquake in CA consumers can quickly verify a contractor’s license status online: https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx

Or by phone at 800-321-CSLB.

Consumers and contractors are reminded that no more than 10% down or $1000 is required, never pay cash and don’t pay ahead of actual work completed. Three bids are recommended, always check references, license status and get everything in a written contract. CSLB is always available to answer questions when called on. 

Licensed contractors are also important in helping law enforcement discover unlicensed activity they may observe or learn about in serving disaster victims.  

Contractors can call to report unlicensed activity with CSLB and protect residential and commercial consumers. SWIFT agents and local law enforcement will follow up to help disasters victims avoid a second injury to their life and property.  Disaster victims didn’t ask for their fate and helping keep them from a ‘double whammy’ is everyone’s concern because next time it might be you or those you care about.