Crime & Justice

After the storms, watch out for roof repair scams

In this file photo, roofer Michal Swiderski works on putting a new roof on his home in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. For homeowners who rely on professionals to do the work, the L.A. City Attorney's office issued a warning to guard against unlicensed contractors, who will often approach homeowners after a storm.
In this file photo, roofer Michal Swiderski works on putting a new roof on his home in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. For homeowners who rely on professionals to do the work, the L.A. City Attorney's office issued a warning to guard against unlicensed contractors, who will often approach homeowners after a storm.
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Recent rains are causing more than just greener lawns. An alert has been issued by the Los Angeles City's Attorney's Office warning about scam artists preying on folks with a leaky roof.

Unlicensed contractors will often approach homeowners after a storm. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer is advising residents to watch out for the warning signs of a potential scam.

"They might tell the consumer that they have materials left over from another job and can offer a really good deal — that's a red flag," Feuer told KPCC. "They might ask for a large down payment, or for the entire payment up-front to buy materials or otherwise."

He said senior citizens are often the most vulnerable to these scams.

Feuer recommends adopting certain practices when looking to hire a contractor:

Checking references and getting a written proposal before agreeing to any contract are also things to consider.

For more information on scams that target seniors, visit the District Attorney's website