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Old 01-22-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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Busting Un-licensed tile contractors

I'm currently working in a neighborhood where we have done about 80% of the houses originally back in the late 1980's, many of the second generation home owners are currently updating their homes now and I pretty much land most of them until now. After seeing another tile guys truck on the other street at a house that I did a bid on for updating the floor tile and a tub bath, I called and asked the neighbor that referred me the job what happen to your neighbors? He informed me that they decided to go with this other guy that has been doing other houses in there for almost half my price. I looked up this guys info and there is no record of a license or insurance, so it looks like the county will be out there tomorrow issuing $2000 fines.
I kinda feel bad about it but oh-well.

What would you guys do?
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:54 PM   #2
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Y'all have licensing ???

What's that ?
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:55 PM   #3
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A license is only good if it's enforced. If not its just a gov'ment money collector and I'm glad we do not require them in our state.
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:57 PM   #4
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Idk,
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:06 PM   #5
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Kevin I hope you're kidding.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:08 PM   #6
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What would I do? I would move on and ignore it. They just might be calling you when the job starts falling apart.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:20 PM   #7
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Makes me wonder if you could be sued for Tortious Interference since you are infringing on his ability to earn a living....
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Paul, you forgot the L. You meant "learn a living", right?
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:46 PM   #9
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It's the law, just like a teacher, cop, cab driver, pest control, lawyer, barber, pilot, bus driver etc. has to have a license protect the citizens and to be regulated.
The county and sheriff have been setting up under cover stings in my county busting un-license contractors for years and now the homeowners are getting fined. This is how you regulate and get the hacks and crooks out of the business, plus if you can't pass the test you don't deserve to be working in the construction industry anyways, unless you're a sub even there you need a sub contracting license.
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I'm glad to hear that the homeowners are also getting a fine for doing the hiring.

I typically don't concern myself with what the other guys are doing. I think concentrating on putting out the best product that you can is the way to win.
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http://defensehelp.com/misdemeanor-c...ed-contracting
Apparently Pinellas county doesn't mess around, also is one reason tile contractors make more here than other counties for the most part.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:14 PM   #12
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Sadly there are hacks and cheaters that are licensed.

Just because someone has a licensed does not guarantee ethics or good work. There are lot's of "unlicensed" people doing great work out there.From my personal experience dealing with many trades people licensed and unlicensed over the years, I think licensing is overrated.

I see no correlation between good workmanship a license.I see it more as a insurance policy in case something goes wrong the homeowner does have more recourse.I can see why some people would feel more comfortable using a licensed contractor.
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However, some offenders can be charged with a third degree felony with penalties that carry up to five years incarceration in state prison and a $5,000.00 fine. These felony offenses include:

A second time contracting without a license offense;
I dunno, but I've heard about a guy down in Florida doing a whole lotta plank. Better look him up.
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Apparently Pinellas county doesn't mess around
I love it. From the article you need a license to build a fence but not bridges, highways, and railroads. I feel so protected.
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And everyone knows that driver's licenses guarantee that only safe, courteous, and highly skilled drivers are on the road.
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