CSLB – New Applications and Fees

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Notice of New CSLB Applications and Fee Increases Applications CSLB has updated its license applications.  Effective May 1, 2017, CSLB will only accept versions of the applications listed below with a revision date of October 2016 (“rev. 10/16” in bottom left corner) or later. Older versions of the applications listed below submitted to CSLB after May 1, 2017, will be …

California Construction Industry Urged to Help CSLB Conduct its Highly Successful Undercover Sting Operations

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www.cslb.ca.gov     |     CheckTheLicenseFirst.com     |     SeniorScamStopper.com January 24, 2017 CSLB #17-01 SACRAMENTO – One of the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) best tools to catch unlicensed contractors is an undercover sting operation. CSLB conducts stings all around the state on a regular basis. The stings are conducted by CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Teams (SWIFT) with the assistance of state …

CSLB: What To Do When You Get A Complaint Letter by Bruce Rudman, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman,

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Some of you have been lucky and have never had a Contractors’ State License Board (“CSLB”) Complaint.  Others have had a few.  Lately, the “consumer playbook” is to not only litigate, but to file complaints with the CSLB, the license bond surety, and post negative reviews on social media including Yelp and Angie’s List.  This article will only focus on …

Contractors State License Board Outlines New 2017 Laws Affecting California’s Construction Industry

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SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is providing a round-up of new state laws affecting California’s construction industry that take effect in the new year. Assembly Bill (AB) 1793 modifies the criteria the courts use to determine if a contractor substantially complied with licensing law under Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 7031. This allows a client to …

Citations Will Continue To Haunt A License, by Sharice B. Marootian, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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The Contractors’ State License Board (“CSLB”) licenses and regulates contractors in California.  The Contractors’ License Law sets forth the parameters by which it does so.  On August 19, 2016, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1209, authored by Senator Morrell and sponsored by the CSLB.  SB 1209 provides that citations issued against a licensed contractor will follow the contractor …

In Napa, CSLB Finds Unlicensed Contractors Thriving Online

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Of 12 cited for illegal contracting in sting operation, eight contacted through popular websites               SACRAMENTO – For many consumers seeking construction or home repair services, online advertising services have become their go-to source to “hire the right pro,” as one popular website proclaims. However, they’ve also become a place where unlicensed contractors unqualified to perform construction services lurk, a …

CSLB Successfully Implements New Home Improvement Salesperson Program as Part of New 2016 Laws

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SACRAMENTO – The new year has brought important changes in contracting law, including a simpler way for home improvement salespersons (HIS) to register with the (CSLB), a higher contractor bond limit, and a valuable tool to help CSLB fight workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Salespersons now need only file a single registration with CSLB whether they work for one or multiple …

CSLB Discovers Illegal Contractors Flooding San Diego While Homeowners Prepare for El Nino

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Two-day sting catches 15 illegal operators, including three repeat offenders and a Most Wanted suspect SACRAMENTO  –  Forecasters have been warning West Coast residents to prepare for heavy rain and flooding from this season’s El Niño weather pattern. Along with these warnings, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) urges homeowners to be cautious of unlicensed workers advertising for roof repairs …

CSLB #15-12 Industry Bulletin: CSLB Taking Steps to Implement New, Simplified Home Improvement Salespersons Registration Process

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SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is moving quickly to implement a new law that will simplify the current Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) registration process. The new law takes effect January 1, 2016. Senate Bill 561 (Monning) simplifies the process to a single registration, while still allowing salespersons to represent multiple employers. The new law removes the current …

Why You Should Hire Licensed Contractors to Work in Your Home or Business by Bruce D. Rudman, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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In the practice of law, we often encounter prospective clients who either unwittingly hired an unlicensed contractor, or, who had purposefully hired an unlicensed contractor believing that they would get a better deal by doing so. It is not surprising that an unlicensed contractor can often give a better price, however, the better price often comes with an abandoned project, …