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    Hello Everyone!

    I’m having a bit frustration getting my repair list completed by my contractor and wanted to see if anyone else has/had thebsame issue and can help me figure out next steps?

    I used a contractor referred by NACA to get an estimate on all required repairs plus wish list items. The contractor came to the property, did the estimate and uploaded his bid which we found fair.

    June 5th 2020 we closed on our home and we got in contact with our assigned Relationship Coordinator with the HAND Dept who stated our contractors license was expired for our city (not sure why he agreed to do repairs on a home he didnt have a license for or at least give us a heads up that he will need to get the license).

    So now we are stuck waiting on him to have his license renewed and he is saying that because of COVID they are short staffed and his application is in line for processing. It’s been over a month already that he submitted his application.

    We have electrical repairs needing to be done, outlets the back room (my office) do not work sonwe cant even use that room. The water pressure in the guest restroom is very weak requiring everyone to take a shower in the master bath (I know these are first world problems but I am ready to be able to enjoy my new home).

    My question is, what can I do to speed up the process? Would it be wise to find another contractor or would that make things more difficult? Has anyone had to deal with a license renewal during COVID?

    Thank you for your time!


    I think the 2 most likely reasons to be unlicensed are it’s too expensive to renew and he applied for renewal and hasn’t received it yet.

    Some industries and trade associations will allow you to continue to operate as long as you can display or provide your renewal application and paid invoice.

    The reason for not divulging this could be fear of losing business or thinking it’s not necessary. And even if they are allowed to operate with a pending renewal it seems that’s not good enough for naca. Which means if that is the case then probably the large majority of their clients would be perfectly legal outside of naca.

    Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to speed up his renewal. Any intervention would be unethical and potentially illegal.

    I think you probably should look into other contractors. Unless you’re locked into this person tell them thanks but no thanks.

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