Our mission is to foster good business and professional relationships between homeowners, landlords, property managers, condominium associations/HOAís and quality vendors. We run trade shows Ė PM-EXPO Ė and an online directory that includes verification tools to find licensed and insured contractors. Make sure to use only licensed and insured contractors Ė if something goes wrong, you donít want unnecessary liability.
- Unlicensed contractors usually lack workerís compensation insurance. If an employee of an unlicensed contractor gets hurt on your site, you could be held liable. Itís not an uncommon occurrence. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 4.3 injuries and illnesses due to workplace injuries in the various contractor trades, i.e. painters, roofers, landscapers, plumbers, electricians, HVAC, paving, drywall, door and window, flooring, etc. Thatís 40% higher than the rate for private industry as a whole.
- If an unlicensed contractor causes property damage, you may be liable. Many property insurance policies exclude claims arising from unlicensed construction practices. If a neighbor or resident gets hurt, you may also be liable.
- Unlicensed contractors are usually not knowledgeable about building codes. Your building department or code enforcement can potentially cause you to demolish work that was unpermitted or that might not be in code compliance.
- If an unlicensed contractor does not pay his subcontractors, the subs can file liens on the property Ė again, not an uncommon occurrence.
- Proposals and contracts should include contractorís name and license number as well as details about the work and materials. Make sure to get estimated start and completion date.
Peruse our state-specific Landlord Tenant Law and Community Association Law, sample legal forms, doís and doníts and articles of interest. Our vendor section is a yellow pages type directory of vendors together with FAQ sections showing state specific resources for license and insurance verification.
In select states, we publish and bulk mail reference directories for self- managed condominium associations and HOA, property managers and owners, multi-family rentals and professional managers that manage hundreds of homes. Itís the big orange and green book with white pages of Doís & Doníts in the front and yellow pages of great vendors in the back - PROPERTY MANAGER PAGES.