New home improvement contractor law now in effect

PITTSBURGH - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that consumers can now contact the Attorney General's Office to check on the registration status of any home improvement contractor in Pennsylvania by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov or by calling 1-888-520-6680.

Corbett said that the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, which requires all contractors who perform $5,000 or more in home improvements in a year to register with the attorney general's office, went into effect July 1, 2009.

"We strongly encourage consumers to contact our office before selecting a contractor," Corbett said. "And we encourage consumers to use only contractors who are registered with our office.

Corbett explained that the intent of the act is to protect consumers from unscrupulous contractors, to provide new protection for consumers who hire home improvement contractors and to authorize criminal penalties for home improvement fraud.

Corbett said that complaints involving home improvement or repair projects are one of the top subjects of calls to the attorney general's bureau of consumer protection. In 2008, the Attorney General's Office received more than 2,100 complaints from consumers struggling with problems involving home improvement projects.

Corbett said that the office filed numerous legal actions last year against "no show" contractors and others doing substandard work, seeking more than $2 million in consumer refunds, fines and civil penalties.

"This legislation gives us new tools to identify and prosecute problem contractors," Corbett said. "It will also help consumers avoid frustrating and potentially expensive problems in the future."

Almost 32,000 Pennsylvania contractors have registered since the beginning of registration on March 23.


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