Pennsylvania Poised to Pass Law Protecting Againt Home Improvement Fraud

Each year our firm receives many phone calls from Pennsylvania consumers seeking lemon law help for defective home improvement work. Unfortunately Pennsylvania does not have a lemon law for defective home improvements, however Pennsylvania is finally poised to pass a law which would protect consumers from fraudulent and or shoddy home improvement work.

The State House could vote on legislation this week that would require all contractors to register with the state, allowing consumers to verify a contractors reputation. Each contractor would be assigned a registration number which could be accessed by the public by phone or computer. The registration number would be required for all advertisements by contractors. Pennsylvania would join more than 35 states that register or license home improvement contractors.

In addition to the registration, the legislation would also create a new criminal offense for home improvement fraud, which would allow for easier prosecution. Finally the legislation would create a guarantee fund. Contractors would have to pay into the fund, which would be used to reimburse fraud victims.

1-800-MY-LEMON, Pennsylvania Lemon Law Attorneys, urges the house to pass this act and supports this bill which was sponsored by Sen. Robert Tomlinson, a Republican from lower Bucks County. Lehigh Valley Sens. Pat Browne, Lisa Boscola and Rob Wonderling.

Click here to review the legislation.

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