Gregory Mason Miller inspected homes without required
Salem – The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) has levied
more than $80,000 in fines against a phony home inspector who performed dozens of
inspections in Central and Eastern Oregon in recent months.
Gregory Mason Miller of Bend used a license number belonging
to a legitimate construction contractor with
the same first and last name, along with the name of an unrelated Bend
business. In advertising, he claimed to be licensed, bonded and insured.
Home inspectors must be certified by the Construction
Contractors Board after passing a national exam. Additionally, a home
inspection business must hold a CCB-issued contractor license. Miller was
neither certified nor licensed.
“He was doing significant business without offering any of
the consumer protections that come with licensing, including a bond and CCB
record that would alert potential clients to any history of problems,”
Enforcement Manager Stan Jessup said.
Buyer Beware list
The CCB added Miller to its new Buyer Beware list that
warns the public of chronic offenders. People who make the list generally are phony
or predatory contractors who take money and produce little or no work or who repeatedly
violate state contracting laws.
“The goal is to make sure he doesn’t do any more home
inspections without obtaining the proper licensing,” Jessup said. “And it’s a
reminder to the public that people will lie – and do so convincingly - about
who they are and their credentials.”
Consumer complaints triggered the CCB investigation, which is
The CCB licenses construction contracting businesses,
including home inspection businesses and home inspectors. Most any business
seeking work on a new home or home improvement project needs a license.
Contractors must include their CCB license number on any
advertising so you can verify their license. To do so:
- Visit www.oregon.gov/ccb and enter a license
number or name in the orange “Search” feature.
- Verify that the license is “active”
and that the full name on the license matches the contractor in question. In
this case, Gregory Mason Miller did not show up in a search with any home
- Call 503-378-4621 for help searching or understanding the
Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors
and other illegal activity on the CCB’s website or by calling 503-934-2246. Licensed
contractors carry bonds and insurance and can be held accountable if something
goes wrong. Only licensed contractors can get required building permits.