NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced that it issued Notices of Violation to 51 contractors in the first quarter of 2016, which could lead to $844,477 in consumer restitution and civil penalties.
“As the warm weather ushers New Jersey into its traditional home improvement season, we’re making sure contractors are abiding by the laws that protect consumers undertaking projects to upgrade and beautify their homes,” Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy said. “Contractors that try to skirt our laws and regulations will face the consequences and pay the price.”
The division cited 26 contractors for failing to register, as is legally required. Contractors need to disclose the physical location of his or her business to become registered, as well as provide proof of at least $500,000 in liability insurance. Other citations included shoddy workmanship and failing to complete already-paid-for work.
“No matter how big or small the project, consumers have a right to expect the home improvement work they pay for will be completed on time and in accordance with the terms of their contract,” Steve Lee, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, said. “Hiring a contractor should not be a crapshoot for consumers who are shelling out their hard-earned money for repairs or home improvement.”