BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements with 211 contractors on Thursday.
Schneiderman's office says the contractors violated the state's Home Improvement Contracts Law. They have each signed an agreement to end their unlawful conduct and will pay penalties and fines.
The settlements happened all around New York State. Thirty-one of the 211 settlements were reached in Western New York with the following contractors:
- Tony Tree and Landscaping, Inc. of Cheektowaga
- F. & D. Construction, Inc. of West Seneca
- Restore General Contracting, Inc. of Buffalo
- JES Operations Inc. DBA Chameleon of Lockport
- J.B.'S Home Improvement, Inc. of Kenmore
- Peter Easton, DBA A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair of Akron
- ROOFMASTERS ROOFING CO., INC. of Buffalo
- Leveled Contracting, Inc. of Alden
- Ham-R-Time LLC of Tonawanda
- William Krull DBA Krully's General Contracting of North Tonawanda
- Philip Rosinski DBA Empire Roofing & Siding Co. of Orchard Park
- Expert Exteriors, Inc. of Buffalo
- The Vinyl Outlet, Inc. of West Seneca
- Open View Windows & Building Products, Inc. of Fredonia
- Oneida Fence, Inc. of Depew
- Collegiate Builders Inc. of Blasdell
- A-1 Construction & Painting, Inc. of Tonawanda
- Schaffer & Sons Construction LLC of Hamburg
- Roofing Consultants, Inc. of Kenmore
- Big "G" Roofing & Siding, LLC of Bowmansville
- Classic Fence and Lumber Company, Inc. of Amherst
- Switala's Siding/Cedar, Inc. DBA Switala's Construction of Clarence Center
- Ventry Enterprises Inc. DBA Ventry Concrete Contracting of Niagara Falls
- The Kaz Companies, Inc. of West Seneca
- Aftermath Restoration, Inc. of Springville
- Alexander Dedovets DBA Dalex Construction of North Tonawanda
- James T. Johnson DBA Stockton Roofing & Siding of Gasport
- LINCOLN PARK NURSERY of Amherst
- AD CONTRACTING of Amherst
- BUFFALO HOME SPECIALIST of BUFFALO
- J.A.Q. CONSTRUCTION of Niagara Falls
Settlements were also reached in Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Watertown, northern Westchester and Putnam.
The lawsuits stem from contractors conducting business with just a handshake and a nod, instead of a formal contract, and that's against the law.
Lori Rushok paid a contractor $30,000 last year to build an addition on her Ellicottville home. The uneven siding, crooked doors and windows didn't amount to the price she paid.
"This is no different than as if little kids went out in their backyard to build a treehouse. It is basically the same thing, and little kids could have done a much better job," Rushok said.
But when she demanded the rest of her money back so she could hire another company to finish the job, the contractor told Rushok the money was all gone and could not account for most of it.
"Homeowners who don't get written contracts are really setting themselves up for trouble," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "This is the high season for home improvement contracts. No one should ever get any home improvement job done without a written contract. Make sure they have insurance, make sure they have the licenses. Make sure they are going to use the materials that you want. Otherwise, it is really a recipe for disaster."
According to the Attorney General's Office, the contract must:
• Provide proposed starting and completion dates
• Describe the work to be done
• Include materials to be provided
• Give notice that the consumer has an unconditional three-day right to cancel the contract without penalty
The Attorney General's Office is sharing these precautions with consumers, for when they hire contractors:
• Be specific about what work you want done
• Educate yourself about the required permits – don't rely solely on the contractor
• Shop around
• Get references and check them
• Get proof of insurance from the contractor
• Check licenses (if required)
• Never pay the full price upfront
• Always put work to be done in writing
• Know where your payments are going
• Never do business with a contractor who is unwilling to abide by any of the conditions above
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