Unlicensed Contractors

Contractors performing work in California are regulated by the Contractors State Licensing Board. Any contractor performing $500 or more of work (materials and labor) must be licensed by the CSLB. Performing construction without a valid contractors license is a misdemeanor. Also, unlicensed contractors cannot file a lawsuit to obtain payment for work performed even if the work was done correctly. Before contracting with any contractor, associations should check with CSLB to confirm the contractor is properly licensed and has workers compensation insurance.

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