NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Continues Crackdown on Unregistered Home Improvement Contractors
NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Continues Crackdown On Unregistered Home Improve

The State Division of Consumer Affairs recently intensified efforts against unregistered home improvement contractors with an undercover operation at a vacant Gloucester County home.

In partnership with the Gloucester County Office of Consumer Affairs, the Division filed charges against 18 home improvement contractors who solicited home improvement work without complying with state registration laws. The contractors are being assessed civil penalties as high as $5,000 each.

Since 2006, the New Jersey Contractors Registration Act and Home Improvement Contractor Regulations require home improvement contractors to register with the State and obtain a registration number that begins "13VH." To register, a home improvement contractor must provide proof of liability insurance, disclose a legitimate business address, and provide other information about the business. Contractors must display the registration number on all contracts, advertisements, and commercial vehicles as a reference for consumers.

"Unregistered and phony contractors rip off hundreds of New Jersey consumers each year, costing homeowners thousands of dollars," Attorney General Paula T. Dow said. "Requiring registration with the State ensures that the contractor is a properly insured and established home improvement business information that every consumer should possess before inviting a contractor into the family home."

The sting operation took place in mid-March at a vacant home in Paulsboro provided by Gloucester County. The contractors, all of whom advertised home improvement services on the internet or in local publ