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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cracking down on unlicensed contractors

TAMPA - Tampa police say they are arresting dozens of unlicensed contractors who go to home improvement stores to find their victims.

Officers say they've made 50 cases since June. They say contractors are approaching people at stores like Lowes or Home Depot, and offering services without a license.

Police say to beware of working with unlicensed contractors.

"If you've got a guy doing electrical work at your house, and he doesn't know what he's doing, your house can catch fire, people can die," said Joe Gonzalez, a licensed plumber supporting the investigation.

Police advise that consumers get a license number from the contractor, check with the better business bureau, and ask to see the contractor's insurance certificate.

Integrity Air is licensed and fully insured.  You can check the licensed of a contractor here.  You can see the TV news report here.

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