Durabilty and Design reports that California conducted several sting operations that lead to 27 contractors to be accused of unlicensed contracting in the state.

During April 26 and 27, sting operations were conducted by California’s State License Board (CSLB). These unlicensed contractors were found by searching Craigslist, local Yellow pages, and from CSLB’s own intake.

Cindi Christenson, from the CSLB, said that it has seen "unlicensed contractors go to great lengths to act the part of a professional, even to the point of wearing matching uniforms and drive a vehicle bearing a company logo."

In California, unlicensed contractors can only perform jobs that cost less than $500 for materials and/or labor. Yet, all 27 who were arrested submitted bids for projects that ranged between $600 and $24,000. In California, the first conviction for unlicensed work includes up to six months in jail and/or a $5,000 payment of fines. A second conviction results in 90 days in jail.

Be sure that your current and future clients know what to watch out for when it comes to unlicensed work. This way your clients don’t lose money and you don't have to pick up the work of a shoddy contractor.

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