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City of Manzanita took steps to deter scammers, unlicensed contractors​


Salem – As storm season approaches, Oregonians who sustain property damage should remember to check the licenses of any construction workers with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB).

Homeowners can look up a contractor by visiting the CCB website at www.oregon.gov/ccb and entering a license number or name in the orange “Search” feature. Verify that the license is “active” and that the name on the license matches the contractor in question.

Storms or disasters that cause widespread property damage can attract con artists. They often urge people to start repairs immediately when homeowners should always contact their insurance agent before hiring a contractor. Beware of people who encourage you to spend large amounts of money on “temporary repairs.”

The tornado that swept through Manzanita last month is the type of disaster that attracts con artists. However, officials in Manzanita deter problems by routinely verifying CCB licenses of contractors when they seek required city permits to work. Additionally, City Manager Jerald Taylor said the city’s inspector keeps a close eye on projects to ensure construction businesses are working legally.

The CCB also sent investigators to the north Oregon coast several times following the tornado.

“Our investigators checked the area several times following the tornado and were impressed that the community took precautions to keep out scammers and unlicensed contractors,” Enforcement Manager Stan Jessup said.

Further north, in Clatsop County, investigators last week visited 74 jobsites and turned up 14 suspected violations of contracting law. The violations generally involved:

  • Working without a license
  • Having employees without workers’ compensation insurance
  • Working on homes built before 1978 without a lead-safe license (the CCB website tells you whether a contractor has this license)

“Generally, it is illegal in Oregon for anyone to do construction work for hire without a CCB license,” Jessup said.

Homeowners who hire unlicensed workers may be considered employers. If this happens, the homeowner may be responsible to buy workers’ compensation insurance, obtain required building permits and meet other duties of employers.

Report unlicensed contractors

Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity on the CCB’s website or by calling 503-934-2246.

 

​​Media contacts
Administrator Jim Denno
503-934-2184

Enforcement Manager 
Stan Jessup
503-934-2188