Protect Yourself from Home Repair Scams

With all the flooding and weather-related damage caused by Hurricane Ida and other storms, it’s important for homeowners to be wary of unscrupulous contractors.

If you are in the process of retaining the services of a contractor for a home improvement project in Pennsylvania, I encourage you to look into whether the contractor is complying with the governmental requirements set forth under the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA).

The Office of Attorney General is reminding homeowners of their rights under the Pennsylvania HICPA:

  • A home improvement contractor must provide you with a copy of the complete contract, free of charge.
  • You have the right to rescind your home improvement contract without penalty within three business days of the signing date, except as provided under law for immediate emergency situations including power or water outages.
  • A home improvement contract is not enforceable against a consumer if it does not include all of the information required by law.
  • A contractor may not demand or receive any payment for a home improvement before the home improvement contract is signed. After the contract is signed, the contractor cannot request more than one-third of a contract price totaling more than $5,000 before completion of the project.
  • All contractors must display their official registration number on all contracts, estimates, proposals, and advertisements distributed within the Commonwealth. View the contractor registration database here.

If you believe you are a victim of a home repair or improvement scam, contact local law enforcement and report it to the attorney general at scams@attorneygeneral.gov or by calling 1-800-441-2555.

Mindy Fee
State Representative

 

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