LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today detailed his office’s efforts to crack down on unlicensed contractor fraud including the launch of a public awareness campaign and the filing of criminal charges against five individuals. “Schemes perpetrated by unlicensed contractors can have devastating financial consequences for homeowners,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “My office will continue to fight back by empowering residents with the information they need to avoid being victimized and aggressively seeking restitution for those who are harmed."
Joined by representatives from the Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB), City Attorney Feuer rolled out a new program advising the public on ways to avoid being scammed by unlicensed contractors. Tips include avoiding contractors that only accept cash, demand an excessive down payment, request the homeowner get building permits as “Owner-Builder,” or cannot be verified with the CSLB.
“The lowest bid is tempting to accept, but if the person is unlicensed, you may find that once the project begins, he or she tries to add on costs,” said CSLB Registrar Cindi Christenson. “Every day unlicensed contractors are victimizing unsuspecting