Verify with the Contractor’s State License Board that a potential contractor you want to hire is licensed. Faulty work by an unlicensed contractor will never be covered by insurance. However, if someone deceives you into into believing that they are licensed, all is not lost. In California, a contractor must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board in order to lawfully perform construction operations. The consequences of contracting without the proper license can be severe. An unlicensed contractor may not sue to recover for the value of its work. B&P § 7031(a). Even more damaging, an owner can seek disgorgement of all monies paid to a contractor, even if there was nothing wrong with the contractor’s construction of the project. B&P § 7031(b). If you find yourself victimized by an unlicensed contractor, please visit our website at and contact our office.

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Adler Law, A P.C.

Robert Adler is a sole practitioner who has spent over three decades protecting the rights of construction, real estate, business litigation, and personal injury clients throughout Calabasas, California—and beyond.

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