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Anyone ever report a contractor to CSLB #2912988
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Per the contract, work on our home stairs was supposed to be done by December 7, 2018.

Today we are Fed Ex-ing a 3-ring binder to the California State Licensing Board to ask for some help resolving things that are as of yet undone and overcharged for and not needed (the latter two are our in our opinion).

Anyway, has anyone done this and what was the result?

I don't need a story, just a short "Yes we did and we are glad we did" or a "Yes we did and it made things worse."

Thanks for your time.

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Yes, I'm a flooring contractor and a general contractor had me a do a job and refused to pay. I filed a complaint, and the board threatened to pull his license unless he paid up, which he did. I think as a private citizen, you'll get some action from the board. I don't know that you need to give them a novel though-they are, after all, government employees....next time have a penalty in the contract for every day they are late.

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hopefully it was all done with permits...

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Yes, but in a totally different context. They can pressure people who have something to lose. Not sure if you situation involves the right elements...


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Originally Posted By: 000
hopefully it was all done with permits...


Part of it was.

I can't get an answer from them about other parts, but I doubt it very much..

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assuming he's licensed and bonded you can also go after the guys bond.

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Originally Posted By: Mr Doof
Per the contract, work on our home stairs was supposed to be done by December 7, 2018.

Today we are Fed Ex-ing a 3-ring binder to the California State Licensing Board to ask for some help resolving things that are as of yet undone and overcharged for and not needed (the latter two are our in our opinion).

Anyway, has anyone done this and what was the result?

I don't need a story, just a short "Yes we did and we are glad we did" or a "Yes we did and it made things worse."

Thanks for your time.


How was your communication with the contractor?

What is their reason for not completing the work?


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Yes, call. You can file complaints. I'm a painting contractor and the CSLB exists to help the consumer, I just wish there were more enforcement.....


Why did you wait 2+ months to consider calling CSLB?

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I had a client call them on the plumber. The CSLB are a bunch of lazy fooks. They do their unlicensed contractor stings once in a while, but won't get off their fat government asses to investigate anything.

Did he just abandon the job, or did he screw up? What was the job cost and how much did u pay him?


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Originally Posted By: JBerry
Yes, call. You can file complaints. I'm a painting contractor and the CSLB exists to help the consumer, I just wish there were more enforcement.....


Why did you wait 2+ months to consider calling CSLB?



Because the project was going well until it wasn't.

The excuses seemed reasonable to me: rain, sick employees, other jobs, project mngr hurt his back, and because it is better for me to be trusting than paranoid or think I am being ripped off.

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Originally Posted By: everysurfr
I had a client call them on the plumber. The CSLB are a bunch of lazy fooks. They do their unlicensed contractor stings once in a while, but won't get off their fat government asses to investigate anything.

Did he just abandon the job, or did he screw up? What was the job cost and how much did u pay him?



Job was to replace the 90 yr old stairs, then investigate front window for rot (repair and replace support if rot found), then paint front room, then paint house. I am in deep over $140K to date.

I believe the problems started when we didn't agree with their change order to replace a support beam for an extra $19K back in December, then started balking at additional charges for things already covered by the stair/painting contracts.

We gave the CSLB a three ring binder with a 7 page complaint cover letter (in addition to the form), and about 200 pages of emails, PDFs, and photos. Kinda of meal on a silver platter we think.




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It might be time to lawyer up, but hopefully not. That's going to cost 5 figures easy, and the guy will counter.

It might be better to cut your losses. Hopefully you are close to getting your monies worth. Unless you were getting a new foundation too, 19k sounds way high to replace a beam; like double what it should be.

P.m. me if you want to know how to finish up the project from here.


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These type of scenerios always make me wonder; how did the customer go about choosing their contractor?

Did they simply choose the lowest bid? Did they ask questions about specific costs? Were potential change orders discussed in advance? Did the contractor point out possible problem areas, (that might get uncovered), during work?

I'm not a contractor but I do some DIY stuff. Every time I take on a DIY home project, something else comes up that needs attention BEFORE I finish. EVERY TIME! It's best to expect problems and have a game plan for how they will be handled in advance. If you wait until after, your contractor has you by the balls.

I'm not saying that you didn't do these things. I'm just giving my 2 cents

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Sorry to hear Mr. Doof! Good luck with the process and hopefully the cslb can help you out.
If you have a lawyer friend, wouldn't hurt to reach out as everysurfr suggests, I'd second that. Unfortunately there are so many bad 'contractors' out there as this is not the first bad story I've heard. Referrals are the way to go!

And good luck with getting your project finished, I'd offer to come paint but we're booked well into May!!
Please keep us posted as I am interested to hear what the CSLB says and does.

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