Strict Rules for Home Remodel Contracts in California

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At a minimum, it takes six pages of contract language for an HIC to comply with California law.

June 6, 2018
Daniel F. McLennon - Smith Currie

Home remodeling in California is governed by strict contracting laws intended to protect consumers. The Contractors State Licensing Board, (“CSLB”) is particularly concerned about contractors working without permits, contractors taking payment in excess of the value of the work complete–including deposits in excess of $1,000–and contractors refusing to complete projects. They are also concerned about contractors who fail to comply with the Home Improvement Contract (“HIC”) laws. At a minimum, it takes six pages of contract language for an HIC to comply with California law. Most contractors do not get it right, leaving themselves exposed to license discipline, misdemeanor criminal prosecution, and void contracts. The stakes are high, and contractors are advised to learn and comply with the HIC laws.

Mr. McLennon may be contacted at dfmclennon@smithcurrie.com



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