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A Construction Contractors Board (CCB) sweep of the Oregon coast revealed alleged contractor violations, including 11 instances of working without a license, 4 lead-based paint violations and other miscellaneous violations.

The sweep was conducted April 8-11, from Brookings to Astoria. Altogether, 27 alleged violations were discovered, and 207 active job site checks were performed. A spokesperson for CCB said alleged violations were found in Seaside, Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Newport, Yachats and Waldport.

The alleged violations included using lead-based paint, working without a license, hiring unlicensed subcontractor, using a business name not listed on a license, and nonexempt contractors working with a workers’ compensation policy.

By law, nearly everyone who builds a home or alters a structure must be licensed by the Construction Contractors Board. Contractors who bid and perform work on homes built before 1978 must have a lead-based paint license.

The CCB offers many consumer protections to homeowners who hire licensed contractors. CCB’s dispute resolution section provides mediation services to homeowners in dispute with their licensed contractor. The CCB also requires all licensed contractors to carry a bond and insurance, to protect homeowners.

Homeowners who hire unlicensed contractors have little recourse when a home improvement goes wrong. Some homeowners choose to go to court at their own expense, but many simply give up and hire a licensed contractor to repair the damage.

Consumers can protect themselves by hiring contractors with an active CCB number. The CCB encourages homeowners to verify their contractor’s license on the CCB website at http://search.ccb.state.or.us/search/.

Anyone with questions can call the Construction Contractors Board at 503-378-4621.

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