Contractor Fraud in Pennsylvania

The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act is a helpful consumer protection law that became effective in 2009.  The act requires licensure and compliance with a set of laws for any contractor who does more than $5,000 in work a year.

As many people know, unethical contractors can take a deposit and perform no work, provide sub-par work, or refuse to fix a poorly completed job.  This practice has been seen recently in Bucks County.  Now, the new law provides District Attorneys and the Attorney General enforcement authority to investigate and prosecute home improvement fraud.  This fraud can be:

  • Failure to provide services or materials after payment
  • Damage to property
  • False advertising
  • Misrepresentation of special order costs
  • Intentionally misleading or false information to trick a consumer into signing a contract for the home improvement

If you feel that you have been a victim of contractor fraud on your home improvement, you should contact your local District Attorney.  Moreover, you should also know the following under the law:

  • You are allowed to obtain, free of charge, a copy of a complete contract free of charge from the contractor
  • The contractor cannot demand or receive any payment for an improvement prior to the signing of the contract
  • You have the right to cancel the contract without penalty within three business days of the signing date
  • You can verify a contractor’s registration number, call 1-888-520-6680 or go to www.attorneygeneral.gov

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