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 Avoid post-storm scams, hire a licensed contractor

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2017

TAVARES — In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Lake County’s Building Services Division is warning residents against hiring unlicensed contractors.

“Both homes and businesses assessing the damage caused by Irma will likely be seeking a construction contractor in the coming days and weeks,” said Robert Chandler, Economic Growth Director. “Many storm-related services require state licensing, and it’s important citizens do their due diligence in hiring a licensed professional.”

Roof repairs, roof installations, window installations, plumbing repairs and electrical repairs or rewiring all require a state license with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR.) Common storm-related services that do not require state licensure include trimming or removal of fallen trees, removal of debris or placement of tarps on roofs.

“Be sure the company you hire to do work is licensed, bonded and insured, and that they have the qualifications to complete the work,” said Chandler. “Licensed contractors must also pass background checks.”

Lake County Building Services offers an online contractor search available at: http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/growth_management/building_services/contractor_certification/contractor_tracking.aspx. Citizens may also call 352-343-9653 for more information.

For the full list of construction industry services that DBPR licenses and regulates, visit http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/index.html.

Lake County Economic Growth has established a business hotline at the Emergency Operations Center, which can be reached at 352-253-9998 and will be staffed from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Staff will be able to assist businesses with the Business Disaster Assistance programs from the Small Business Development Center. 

 

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Elisha Pappacoda
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Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851
epappacoda@lakecountyfl.gov

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