In the state of Florida, being an unlicensed contractor is illegal. If you accidently work with an unlicensed contractor, know of someone else who is, or suspect there’s an unlicensed contractor working on a project you know about, you need to report it. Unlicensed contractors give licensed contractors a bad name, and they take away jobs from credible, licensed contractor.
If you’re working with a contractor who fails to do a project as promised, contact them and try to give them a chance to fix the problem. If they don’t fix the problem and/or disappear, there’s a good chance they were an unlicensed contractor.
You can file a complaint against them at your town or county’s sheriff’s office or police department if there is fraud involved. You can also file a complaint with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation by calling 850-487-1395 or visit www.myfloridalicense.com. To report unlicensed contractor activity, visit www.myflorida.com/dbpr/os/and click on “unlicensed activity.” In this section, you can verify a license, file a complaint, and/or search for complaints. You can also file a complaint with your county’s consumer affairs division. You can also file a complaint with the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Consumer Services – this agency helps people with info, protection, and complaintsin all industries. You can reach them at 800-435-7352 or visit www.800helpfla.com/ccform.html. If you suspect fraud of price gouging, you can call the Florida’s attorney general’s hotline at 866-966-7226.
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