THE PA HOME IMPROVEMENT CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
Chase Toppers, LLC is registered with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in accordance with the provisions of the PA Home Improvement Consumer Act. So what exactly is it?
The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act ("HICPA") was adopted by Pennsylvania's General Assembly in October, 2008, and signed by the Governor as Act 132 of 2008. The law establishes a mandatory registration program for contractors who offer or perform home improvements in Pennsylvania. The statute also establishes minimum insurance requirements for contractors; requires contractors to provide their registration number in their ads and contracts; establishes required contract terms for home improvement contracts; prohibits unfair business practices; and creates a criminal penalty for home improvement fraud.
Who must register under the law?
Anyone who owns or operates a home improvement business or who offers, performs, or agrees to perform home improvements in Pennsylvania must register with the Office of Attorney General unless they fall within two exceptions: small contractors (less than $5,000 of work in a calendar year) and large retailers (net worth or more than $50 million). All contractors, including self-employed contractors and sole proprietorships, subcontractors and independent contractors, and corporations, partnerships and all other types of business entities must be registered, unless they fall into the two exemptions above.
When do contractors need to register?
Any contractor that is not registered by July 1, 2009 will be prohibited from offering or performing home improvements until they become registered. Offering or performing home improvements without being registered is a violation of the act and may subject the contractor to an enforcement action and possible civil penalties.
What if a contractor fails to register?
The failure to register is a violation of the law and unregistered contractors face legal action, including civil penalties of $1,000 or more.
So, now what?
The official registration number of Chase Toppers, LLC can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania 1-888-520-6680. As always, we welcome the opportunity to meet or beat a competitor's written quote! Don't forget to check on your other potential contractors' compliance with this law when you make your decision!