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I am a licensed contractor in the state of California. I recently

did a bid on repairs...
I am a licensed contractor in the state of California. I recently did a bid on repairs to a house that is in escrow. The homeowner brought in, in full knowledge of the licensed real estate agent, an unlicensed contractor to do the repairs instead. Is there anything that I can do about this?
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Thanks for your question and good morning.

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You can file a complaint against the unlicensed contractor here.This is considered to be a threat to the public health and safety.

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You can file here.

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I would also file a complaint here against the realtor.Helping the seller here use unlicensed contractors may be investigated and he may be sanctioned as well here.

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There may be some serious consequences to both the unlicensed contractor and the realtor if you will file complaints and have them investigated.

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They would also have potential liability to the buyer.

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You may also want to check with the municipality here they probably lack permits if required.That may be a real deal stopper.

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You woudl have

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the right to report them on this angle too.

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Again its bad business and it hurts legitimate contractors here.

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It is in your interests here to have

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the unlicensed folks fined and other repercussions.

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They are trying to cheat the system and should be shut down here.

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You would also have option to let buyer know these were unlicensed repairs, buyer might consider a civil suit as well here.

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It has been my pleasure to assist you today.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again.

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I appreciate the chance to help you.

Customer:

Good morning Ray. the real estate agent says that because the seller hired the unlicensed contractor, she is not liable.

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Let the state determine that.Report her, she has knowledge of illegal repairs.She should be reporting them, to me she is professiona

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lly liable here too.

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And the buyer here sure has a claim for illegal claims and other damages, there would have been a failure to disclose this at closing as well.

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The realtor has professional liability and likely personal liability to the buyer.

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You stop this kind of stuff by reporting it , the state will investigate and take action.

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There's some pretty steep fines and realtors license is at risk.

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Oh yeah one more here you can report the illegal contractor he likely doesn't have comp coverage either.

Customer:

I have already gone to the cslb regarding this contractor, and they got him to take his sign off his truck for a while, but that is all. i even sent them a picture of his illegal alien helper standing in water using a 120 volt power tool but they did not do anything. I am figuring there must be a real estate disclosure law being violated. anyway, the sale is still in escrow.

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Don't give up.Keep complaining.Sometimes you have to be persistent.Report the realtor.

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You can report the illegal contractor to Det.Ind.Relations for not having wc coverage as well.

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Please don't give up reporting this to the state.Eventually you will get results.

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I appreciate the chance to help.I am sure that this is frustrating for you.

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Ray, thank you.

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You are so welcome.Have a great day.

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If you can leave a positive rating it is much appreciated.Take care.

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