Contractors, are you owed money for services rendered?

Contractors, are you owed money for services rendered?
Review this page to see how I can be of service to you.

“The only knowledge that can hurt you is the knowledge you don’t have.” -Anonymous 

The Home Improvement Contractor Act, which is M.G.L. c. 142A, also called the HIC Act, applies to most home improvement contractors doing residential work, and these contractors must register with the HIC Board.

 

For info on who must register, click here.  Click  for an application.

If you are already registered, but need to know more about the requirements, click here.

What type of work is covered by the Act?  Most residential contracting is covered, however, there is a detailed list here.

The Act also provides that registered contractors automatically consent to go to arbitration with homeowners in teh event of a dispute, should the homeowner desire.  Go here for information on the HIC Arbitration Program. Violators may be penalized with fines, imprisonment, license suspension or revocation, equitable orders, or all of the above. Very specific contract provisions must be present in home improvement contracts to avoid violating the law, and the law requires contracts for over $1,000.00 to be in writing.

Call or email me for a review of your current procedures and contracts, to make sure you are in compliance with the law.  Improper contracts can prevent you from filing a mechanic’s lien on property you have worked on, and subject you to fines and penalties, even if the work itself is good.  visit www.montefortelaw.com or email Mike@montefortelaw.com for more info or to request a free HIC Act brochure.



As a Contractor, are you aware of your obligations under the Act?  Are you aware of the penalties that can be assessed under the act, based on the Act’s requirements for your written contracts, even if the job is done right?  Many contractors are not aware of the Act, or if it even applies to them and their situation. The Act provides for very specific requirements for a home improvement contract, and the completion of that contract.  One of the services my office provides is a re-usable contract that complies with the Act, and preserves your mechanic’s lien rights.  In situations where it is warranted, my office can file a lien on your behalf and have it enforced through the courts.

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