DISASTER RELIEF RESOURCES
Secretary of State Kemp Issues Consumer Protection Reminders to Georgians Following Recent Storms
Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminded consumers affected by recent storms across the state that certain types of residential and general contractors require state licensure, and warned home and business owners to be wary of potential scams.
Typical damage that requires a contractor to hold a state-issued license includes major structural repair, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Consumers can verify that a contractor is properly licensed or file a complaint against a licensed contractor online at: http://sos.georgia.gov/plb.
Additionally, state law exempts some types of construction work from licensure. Typical damage that does not require a licensed contractor includes roofing, painting, sheetrock, siding, mold remediation, flooring, foundation waterproofing and septic tank repair. Septic tank repair must be conducted by a person certified by the Georgia Department of Community Health.
Consumers should know that is illegal for a homeowner to obtain a building permit and use an unlicensed contractor to manage construction services. The person or business who obtains the permit could also assume the majority of liability for the project, leaving the consumer with little to no legal recourse.
When hiring someone to conduct construction work, watch out for these red flags that you may be dealing with a dishonest individual:
Brian Kemp has served as Georgia Secretary of State since January, 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.
What You Can Do To Help Protect Yourself:
Find a contractor by contacting your local home builders association
Verify Contractor License
Listen to local radio or television stations for continuing advisories on ways to help recover from the emergency. Here is more advice to follow after an emergency:
Click on each heading below to view more information.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Resources:
FEMA Rebuilding Resources
Disaster Assistance.gov--U.S. Government web portal that consolidates disaster assistance information.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency
U. S. Small Business Administration
Home Builders Association of Georgia
3015 Camp Creek Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30344
800-248-2453 (tollfree in GA)