AZ ROC Expands Efforts to Increase Public Awareness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 12, 2019
Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) is placing newspaper advertisements across the state educating home and property owners on the benefits of hiring licensed contractors.
The first advertisements are scheduled to run in the White Mountain Independent on Fri., Feb. 15, the Arizona Daily Sun on Sun., Feb. 17, and the Arcadia News on Fri., March 1. AZ ROC will continue to run 3-8 advertisements per month through December 2019 in different newspapers across the state.
The focus of the advertisements is increasing public awareness and improving access to and use of the ROC’s services. The message is simple, if a homeowner is remodeling or having home repairs completed and they’re not doing the work themselves, they should choose a qualified, professional, licensed contractor to do the work.
To be a contractor in Arizona, an entity must be licensed and to obtain a license the business must obtain a bond, possess the minimum amount of experience, pass a statutes and rules test, and may be required to take a trades test. Should a homeowner experience any workmanship problems with a licensed contractor, they have the ability to file a complaint against the contractor’s license within a two-year period.
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. Property owners have no financial recourse through AZ ROC if they hire an unlicensed entity.
In 2018, AZ ROC investigated 1,681 complaints against unlicensed entities suspected of contracting or advertising without a license. Many of those complaints, involved a homeowner believing they had contracted with a licensed contractor but they had not.
To check a contractors license, visit www.roc.az.gov or give the AZ ROC a call at 1-877-692-9762 (1-877-MY-AZROC).