When Contractors State License Board (CSLB) investigators set up shop at homes in Napa and Novato in March, and made requests for bids on home improvement work , they found nearly two dozen people doing what they shouldn't be, and that's contracting without a license.
"It is absolutely imperative that these investigators continue their undercover stings throughout California," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. "These unlicensed contractors don't play by the rules and make it extremely difficult for law-abiding contractors to compete. They don't have the necessary insurance, putting property owners who hire them at risk, and they haven't undergone a background check by the state."
In Napa, investigators cited 12 suspects after they placed bids on improvement projects such as laminate flooring, concrete work, fencing, painting and landscaping. The sting was held at a home near Alston Park on March 9-10, 2016.
On March 10, 2016, investigators cited 10 suspects who placed bids for work needed at a home in Novato.
Property owners who are hiring workers for home improvement projects are encouraged to check for licenses on the CSLB website.