Kansas storm damage could attract illegal contractors
Written by: Press release issued by David Elliott
Date of publication: 12/17/2021
Following the damage caused by wind and wildfires on Wednesday over large swathes of the state, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt urges local residents to exercise caution to avoid scams by fraudulent contractors .
“After the storm damage, our instinct is to clean up and repair as quickly as possible,” Schmidt said. “Unfortunately, fraudulent contractors often rush to storm-damaged areas to take advantage of local residents in times of need. It is important to remain vigilant to avoid falling victim to a con artist again.”
In particular, Schmidt reminded residents that, with few exceptions, roofing contractors operating in Kansas are required to register with the attorney general’s office. The requirement to register with the attorney general’s office is in addition to any other local requirements that may be imposed by cities or counties. The online registration directory is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.
The Attorney General’s office also recommends the following tips for dealing with visiting contractors, including roofers:
- Get recommendations and referrals.
- Get at least three written quotes from different contractors.
- Check the contractor’s complaint records with the Better Business Bureau.
- Understand your payment options and your right to cancel.
- Make sure your contractor is insured.
- Document all agreements in writing, including a written contract detailing the scope of the work, the quality of materials to be used, warranties, timelines, names of all subcontractors, total price of the work and schedule of payments.
All Kansans who have issues with roofing contractors or other businesses that track storms can file a request with the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General to investigate at 800-432-2310 or at http: //www.inyourcornerkansas.
(Information courtesy of the Attorney General’s Office.)