Several homeowners in Southwest Florida are finding themselves with unfinished home repairs after a company collected more than $500,000 for the purpose of fixing damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The company was believed to be affiliated with a licensed operator.
One homeowner handed over his full first insurance draw to the repair company only to find himself waiting for the damages to his home to be repaired. This included water damage to the pool cage and roof plus multiple shattered windows. The homeowner felt confident hiring the company because it was able to provide paperwork showing they were operating under a licensed contractor. However, after months went by and no repairs were being made, the homeowner—as well other victims—contacted the contractor to ask for their money back.
The contractor was entirely unaware of the repair company’s existence and its attorney went as far as stating that it was not authorized to make contracts or take money using the contractor’s name. It appears the repair company’s logos and permits may have also been forged.
The unfortunate situation raises questions about going with a repair company or contractor that is not approved by the homeowner’s insurance company. Always try and do as much homework as you can before trusting your home over to an outside company you may not be familiar with.
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