FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 8, 2020
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
Avoid Contracting Scams During Wildfire Season
PHOENIX, Ariz., (June 8, 2020) - Arizona Registrar of Contractors urges homeowners to prepare for wildfire season by educating themselves on avoiding contracting scams.
Arizona’s wildfire season is in full swing and as of Friday, June 5, 2020, there have been nearly 40 active fires burning around the state, on state, federal, and tribal lands. Several homes have already been damaged. Often these tragedies can come with the risk of a second disaster from individuals looking to take advantage of homeowners in distress. AZ ROC encourages homeowners to prepare themselves for these encounters.
To avoid falling prey to a second disaster, damaged homeowners should only hire licensed contracting professionals to work on their property.
AZ ROC and state law offers residential property owners significant protections if a problems occurs when using a licensed contractor. Among them is the ability to file a complaint against the contractor's license if they believe the workmanship is below standard or is in violation of existing codes. A complaint must be filed within two years of occupancy or last work performed, as that is the Agency’s jurisdiction to investigate.
Under certain conditions, a homeowner may also be eligible to apply to the Registrar's Residential Contractors' Recovery Fund and, depending on the cost of damages, receive up to $30,000 to have the work corrected or completed.
When getting estimates or choosing a contractor for a project, always ask if the contractor is licensed and check the license number using the contractor search at www.roc.az.gov, or by giving the Agency a call at 1-877-692-9762 (1-877-MY-AZROC).