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Old 03-29-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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I am a homeowner who recently interviewed a contractor to do some renovations for me. I liked him and he came with great referrals from people I trust. I found out from the OR state L&I that his bond was cancelled a year ago and he did not renew his license. When I asked him about this he acted coy about it. He said he was surprised and would "look into that" and "would get it resolved".

I didnt feel comfortable with his answer - but I like giving people the benefit of the doubt. Is it possible his bond could expire but he wouldn't know about it? his license?

It seems to me a GC would be on top of this. Am I being bull****ted? I definately am not hiring a non-bonded non-licensed GC and he told me in a previous conversation that he was Licensed bonded and insured

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Old 03-30-2010, 03:32 AM   #2
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:02 AM   #3
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If he comes with good referrals from people you know, that is a positive. But without that bond or insurance, you could be opening yourself up to tragedy, should something go wrong.

As a one man contractor, it costs me nearly $5000 before I pound a nail, with license fees, bond, and insurance. And times are tough, for all of us. I am not making excuses, but protect yourself first.
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He absolutely new, I’ve been licensed in Oregon for many years and a few months before your license renewal comes up you start getting renewal notices and then warning notices and then intent to suspend notices. And that’s separate from notices you receive from you insurance and bond companies, my bond company starts bugging me 6 months in advance. If you even miss a insurance payment the insurer notifies the State and you are automatically suspended until you clear things up. That’s how it works in Oregon anyway.

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I wouldn't go with him - not that he might not do decent work but it's just not smart to hire someone whose working without a license. He, also, can get in hot water for working without a license - so it's really a bad situation all around.
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He definitely had problems, you'll be able to find out why his license was suspended from L&I. Whether he didn't pay his fees or something worse happened.
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OP... tell this guy why you can't go with him...

may just give him the incentive to clean up his act.
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I would tell him of the excellent refferals, and you would like to have him do the job - once the bond/license are provided. Give him a deadline to have it to you.
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Thanks Vsheetz - at first this is what I was thinking. Since we had a license and bond for 8 years, I'de be willing to work with him if he gets it again. I understand times have been tough and good people have had to make hard choices about where they spend their money.

The hard part is that it appears he lied to me about having it. That's why i asked if there is any way his bond and license could have lapsed without him knowing about it? My driver's license was expired for 9 months and I didnt realize it until I tried to rent a Uhaul one day.....
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The hard part is that it appears he lied to me about having it......
Another reason to not engage him.
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The hard part is that it appears he lied to me about having it.
Someone who's been a sex offender is at high risk to be a repeat-offender.

Someone who lies..........?

Personally, I'd go elsewhere.
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What does he claim his CCB # is?

If he lied once, he will lie again and again and again.

If you have a problem with a licensed contractor, you can go to the CCB and possibly get some help. If you have a problem with an unlicesed contractor, you will get no help or sympathy.

It is even against Oregon law to advertise or offer to do contracting w/o a license.

kwifishron is right about the time table for insurance, bond and license renewals. He knows he is not licensed, he is hoping you will hire him anyway.

Without insurance, any injury claims will fall back on you.

To quote the 2nd poster, 'Run Forest, Run."

For those in other states, http://www.contractors-license.org/

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