For homeowner’s damaged by a home improvement contractor working on their their primary residence, don’t forget their License Bond as security. For these homeowner’s, the available License Bond proceeds are the full sum of the bond or $12,500.00. The legislature should probably at least double this bond amount, but for now this is the limit. There are a few other categories of claimants who can pursue that full License Bond sum, such as unpaid employees of the contractor. But a more common example, is the homeowner who hires a home improvement contractor, who abandons the job half way to completion or who causes more damage then they are fixing! Keep in mind, this can be a contractor of different trades such as roofer, plumber or painter. See, B&P Code Section 7071.5 and 7071.6 for more details. If you need to pursue such a claim, call an experienced Construction Law Attorney.
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