Legal Q&A: How do we verify a contractor’s license?

 

No. 6, 2017 – Question: Our condominium only hires licensed contractors. We always ask to see their license, but is there any way to confirm the license? –RT, Port St. Lucie

Answer: This is a good practice. That being said, we routinely review contracts where the license number is not on the contract and the client never asks for it. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has a website (www.myfloridalicense.com) that has a very helpful search engine to verify most licenses.

Because general contracting licenses are difficult to obtain, many licensed contractors will "qualify" a business where the business does not have its own independent license. While this is common practice and legal, it is often not done correctly and the result is that you may be contracting with an unlicensed contractor.

Also, note that the licensing requirement is not based on the name of the contract, but rather the nature of the work under the contract. If you are considering a contract to re-design a common space but the contract includes hiring subcontractors to perform construction work, you may be signing a construction contract even though it is labelled a design contract. It is important that the licenses match the work being done.

Steven J. Adamczyk Esq., is a shareholder of the law firm Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC.

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Editor's note: Attorneys at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC, respond to questions about Florida community association law. The firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law.

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