TRENTON — More than five dozen home improvement contractors have been cited for violations totaling more than $1.3 million for everything from operating without a proper registration to abandoning pre-paid jobs without completing the work, state authorities said today.
As part of the action, the state Division of Consumer Affairs is seeking more than $1 million in restitution for customers in amounts ranging from $378 to $185,000, in addition to $276,250 in civil penalties for violations such as operating with a state registration.
“When contractors fail to comply with the law, or the terms of their contracts, consumers can be left with costs in the tens of thousands of dollars and a house full of unfinished improvements,” Steve Lee, acting director of the division, said.
More than 1,400 complaints about home improvement contractors were logged in New Jersey in 2012, the most of any category tracked by state officials. State law requires that contractors be registered and carry at least $500,000 in liability insurance.
For projects costing more than $500, contractors must provide customers with detailed, written contracts specifying the agreed-upon price, the start and end dates, the scope of the work, the contractor's business name, contact information and registration number.
The following 68 contractors were cited by the state:
4 DM Construction and Demolition, Jersey City
A1 Safeguard, Pompton Plains
Able Home Improvements, Jersey City
Adams Construction, Manville
Affordable Tree, Linden
Air Force One N.J., Oak Ridge
Atlantic Contractors Group, Trenton
B & E Mechanical, Belford
Best Quality Construction, Westmont
Bills Flooring, Sicklerville
Brownies Tree Service, Garfield
Catastrophe Services, Columbia, S.C.
Jobs by Jo, Carteret
Certified Professionals, Berlin
Dalton Carpentry, Egg Harbor City
Colantonio Construction, Roselle Park
Do It Right Chimney, Wayne
Durango Travertine, Ridgefield
Ever Built Construction, Staten Island, N.Y.
Flash Paining, Paterson
Home Care, Oakland
Improvement Specialty, Flemington
Izzo & Son Property Management, Clementon
JAMC Contracting, Cliffwood
Jamie D. Lima Masonry, Bloomfield
JL Mason, Long Branch
K & E Enterprise, Nazareth, Pa.
Kalooky Landscaping, Nutley
Ken Do Any Construction, Forked River
LSI Enterprises, Livingston
Empire Construction, Pleasantville
Marquett Remodeling, Schwenksville, Pa.
Medina Floors and Construction, Palisades Park
Miller and Sons Fencing, Blackwood
Mountain Top Maintenance, Haledon
Nalford Foxton, Spring Valley, N.Y.
On?Site Contractors, Garwood
Panda Kitchen & Bath of Manalapan
Pittstown Pools, Lebanon
RGC, Highland Park, Ill.
Scavone Construction, Chalfont, Pa.
Steve Mitlo t/a Elite Roofing, Linden
Taddeo Properties, Raritan
Tri?City Kitchens, Vineland
A & E Improvements, North Bergen
Accomplished Chimney, North Haledon
Agnello Construction, Mahwah
Anthony Cittadino Restorations, Tinton Falls
LECC, South Orange
Bela Cruz Contracting, Bridgewater
Bilinkas Companies, Ironia
Bodine Contractors a/k/a Bodine Roofing and Siding, Phillipsburg
Davis Ventures Group, Tampa, Fla.
Designer Impressions, West Berlin
Effective Basement Solutions, Nutley
First Clean Flood & Smoke Restoration, Tinton Falls
Gregory J. Parkhill t/a GJP Painting, Voorhees
JSP Home Improvement Contractors, Bayville
Keith's Contracting, North Haledon
Kevin Harrison t/a Fantastic Finish Remodeling, Sicklerville
Ladybug Fiberglass Pools, Medford Lakes
LL Schaefer Construction, Westfield
Matthew Kessel, Galloway
Green Tree Construction, Blauvelt, N.Y.
OP Construction Home Repairs, Atlantic City
P.C. Handyman, Sewell
Ronin Construction Group, Hammonton
L & M Builders, Milford, Pa.