Recent legal actions by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro against 31 home improvement contractors is an inevitable side-effect of the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA). Home improvement contractors who earn more than $5,000 a year are required to register every other year under the law. The list of the 31 cited businesses by the PA Attorney General account for only 0.047% of the over 65,000 contractors registered through HICPA.
While the law has made it easier to find crooked contractors and provides more tools for prosecuting them, PBA offers several recommendations to keep your biggest investment secure when approaching new home construction or renovations:
- Confirm your contractor is HICPA registered by visiting http://hicsearch.attorneygeneral.gov
- Insist on a written contract for any proposed construction
- Ask for references and a verified business address
The Pennsylvania Builders Association – along with your local home builders organization can help you find and hire a reputable contractor in PA. Click here for more info.
To report a fraudulent contractor, contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800.441.2555 or visit the PA Attorney General’s website.