New Jersey state investigators want to help homeowners hire contractors who won't disappear with deposits, leave jobs unfinished, or do inadequate work.
On Monday, the Division of Consumer Affairs released the names of 44 unregistered contractors, including more than a dozen from South Jersey, who were cited and issued $195,000 in civil penalties based on consumer complaints.
"Disreputable contractors can leave consumers with costs that escalate to tens of thousands of dollars, as well as dangerous conditions that must be repaired at additional cost," Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a statement.
"If you perform home improvement work in New Jersey, you must comply with our laws. Otherwise, you will be held accountable," he said.