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What kind of trouble can a business(roofing and siding) get in if they're not licensed or bonded?

Is this against the law?
Would this be something you could contact someone about? (better business bureau?)


Asked by butterflyblue19 at 10:36 PM on May. 6, 2013 in Money & Work

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  • First the BBB is a farce. They do absolutely nothing ever. If a roofing company is not licensed then they are not insured either so if they do work for someone & fall off the roof & get hurt & die then the homeowner can be sued & is 100% at fault. If you want to report something like that then you call your town (Building Dept.). They will send an Inspector & stop the work immediately. For example, if you want your BIL to roof & side your home, then you assume the responsibility of accents & injures.


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 1:46 PM on May. 7, 2013

  • It would depend on the state. Some state's require you to be licensed and bonded, others don't.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 10:42 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • they could get sued? especially if they lie about it and on top do bad work etc.

    Answer by sarasmommy777 at 11:12 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • In the state of California you can be sentenced to up to 6 months in jail and fined $5000.


    Answer by ohwrite at 11:18 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • Many states you must be licensed. Since you ask it sounds like yours is one of them. That would mean jail loss of any moneies accrued under false pretenses and fines.
    Bonding assures the person hiring you that you have been thoroughly checked out ad the bonding company is basically guaranteeing professional behavior. It is insurance for the person who is having the work done.

    NEVER hire someone who is not licensed and bonded.

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:35 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • Call your sherriff's department. Most cities also require a permit for solicitation.

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:37 PM on May. 6, 2013

  • Most places require businesses like that to be licensed at a minimum, and usually bonded as well. What would happen to one that isn't varies depending on where you are, though. Some, it's fines and jail time, others it's the inability to get licensed and bonded in the future.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 8:15 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • Depends on the state. Regardless of state laws though they could get sued for injury or something of the like and get in trouble then.

    Answer by aeneva at 1:19 PM on May. 7, 2013

  • This isn't someone who has done work for me. it's not an issue like that

    Comment by butterflyblue19 (original poster) at 10:36 PM on May. 6, 2013