The Consumer Affairs Registry Book is located online (24/7) and in the Community Association Office Monday through Friday 8am-3pm.
CONSUMER AFFAIRS DISCLAIMER STATEMENT
The Association recommends that the owner verify all contractors, including those listed in the Register, are properly licensed and have the necessary liability and worker's compensation insurance before contracting with or employing the vendor.
Under no circumstances does the Association recommend ANY vendors or contractors.
NOTE: It is recommended that you never pay any upfront money to a contractor who says he needs to buy materials before starting the job. Reputable contractors have a credit line for materials. No more than 25% of the total cost should be paid before the work starts. The balance, less 20% should not be paid until the completion of the job. The remaining 20% should be withheld until the acceptance of the quality of the job is agreed on by the homeowner and the contractor.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO SUN CITY CENTER RESIDENTS
FROM SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Please be aware of door-to-door and telephone solicitations. A number of scams are taking place every day. Unscrupulous vendors are promoting services and products with disastrous results to our residents.
Do not pay a vendor in advance or before the work is completed to your satisfaction.
Your Community Association urges everyone to check the Consumer Affairs Registry when selecting a business or contractor to perform any type of work around your home. The Registry is located in the Community Association Office.
If you are not satisfied with a contractor’s work, please contact Consumer Affairs to fill out a complaint form.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE AND AFTER HIRING A CONTRACTOR.
SUGGESTIONS FOR BEFORE AND AFTER YOU HIRE A CONTRACTOR OR VENDOR
- 1. Come into the Community Association Office to review the Consumer Affairs Registry for the names of registered contractors.
- 2. Do not be in a hurry to hire the first contractor or vender. Obtain two or three bids on the work to be performed.
- 3. Compare bids to assure all are complete and cover your requirements.
- 4. Know your contractor: i.e. references, jobs done in the area, type of work he is capable of performing
- 5. Is he licensed by the county, state? Listed in the Consumer Affairs Register?
- 6. Is the contractor or vendor bonded to insure completion of the work?
- 7. Insist on a “no-lien” contract with him and his sub-contractors. Insist on a “release of lien” by all parties involved in the work being done for you.
- 8. No more than 25% of the total cost should be paid before the work starts. The balance, less 20% should not be paid until the completion of the job. The remaining 20% should be withheld until the acceptance of the quality of the job is agreed on by the homeowner and the contractor.
- 9. Items to be included in the contract:
- a. All licenses, fees, and permits are to be obtained and paid for by the contractor or vendor.
- b. What work is to be done by the contractor and what work is to be let out to sub-contractors?
- c. Date to start and finish work—approximate man hours involved by each sub-contractor and total hours to complete the job.
- d. Type and brand name of materials to be used: i.e. plumbing fixtures, piping, paint, roofing materials, cabinets, windows, etc.
- e. Job should be spelled out in phase order from start to finish with completion date.
- f. Contract should state which items belong to homeowner or are to be removed by contractor: i.e. old windows, doors, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, etc.
- g. What hours will they work: i.e. 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, nights, weekends, and holidays?
- h. They should list all warranties and guarantees by contractors and on each item purchased.
- 10. Work area to be cleaned at the end of each workday, all debris to be removed from the job site by the contractor.
To see the Consumer Affairs Website which links you to the Consumer Affairs Registry please click on the link below: