After the storms, watch out for roof repair scams

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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:

  • Always verify that a contractor is properly licensed through the state's Contractors State License Board
  • Get and compare at least three estimates from different contractors before selecting who will do the work.
  • Know the law: a contractor may not charge a down payment of more than $1,000 or 10 percent of the contract amount, whichever is less.
  • Do not make a final payment until the job is done.

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

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