John D. Green, dba ATD Painting and advertising his services on Craig’s List for the Reno/Tahoe area, was issued a criminal citation for contracting without a license. He submitted a painting bid for $1,300.
Contracting without a license in Nevada is a misdemeanor for the first offense, a gross misdemeanor for the second offense and a Class E felony for the third offense. Homeowners who use unlicensed contractors are not eligible for the Residential Recovery Fund, and by law their contracts are null and void.
The NSCB recommends that homeowners not use unlicensed contractors because their work is generally poor quality, they are often uninsured and may not maintain Workman’s Compensation coverage for their employees, and the homeowner may be liable for all injuries to workers.
Consumers can check whether a contractor is licensed by calling 688-1141 in northern Nevada. License checks can also be conducted on the NSCB Web site at www.nscb.state.nv.us by clicking on the “Contractor License Search & Disciplinary Actions Search” icon.