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Question DetailsAsked on 4/23/2018

is there a site where i can out someone for lying about being a licensed contractor?

my boss asked me to find a site like angie's list, but one made for "bad people" (his words). I guess someone lied about their licensing and experience and he wants to get the guys name out there so no one ends up being fooled by him

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Angies List, Home Advisor, and Yelp are probably the best known - plus BBB though based on my experience its accuracy and effectiveness are dubious.

You have to be real careful about posting things like this - because not only the risk of being sued by the contractor for libel, but also possible anti-trust and business disruption type charges or claims.

Probably the safest, assuming you have some evidence of him offering or providing contractor services whilenot being licensed, is reporting it to the state contractor licensing board who can pursue charges for operating as a contractor without a license. Check on the state website first to confirm that the sort of services the contractor is offering/ providing actually require a contractor's license - varies by state, as some like California require a license to do almost anything whereas at the other extreme some like Texas are almost a free-for-all with licensing required for only a narrow range of types of work. In many states architectural finish contractors (painting, flooring, cabinets, etc) do not require licensing. Also, in many states the $ amount of each service or annual total revenue is also factored in - so many part-time handymen types may escape the contractor and sometimes business licensing requirement as well if they do not earn much or only do very small jobs.

Oh - generally anyone (sometimes over a certain $ amount per job or year) is also required to have a business license - so checking with the state or local (varies by state - both in many) business licensing agency may be in order too.


Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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