There were quite a few comments in response to Friday’s post about a guy going door-to-door on our street offering tree trimming and landscaping services. Nothing unusual there, except that his business card listed what appears to be a fake contractors license number.
I wanted to let you know what happened, especially in light of the cynicism expressed by some about the likelihood of regulatory action.
Just a couple of hours after the item was posted, I received an email from a supervisor in the state’s Regulated Industries Complaints Office, which enforces licensing requirements for regulated professions and vocations. It encouraged me to file a complaint about the incident.
And I did.
Here’s the message I received:
Another state employee notified me of your recent blog regarding what appears to be an unlicensed landscaper using a non-existent license number. Depending on what he is offering/how much he charges, he may be offering contracting services for which a license is required. In any case, he appears to be using a fictitious license number. In 2012, the legislature enacted several laws to address unlicensed contracting including a statute that make is a misdemeanor to “use … any word, title, or representation to induce the false belief that the person is licensed under chapter 444 to engage in contracting activity.”
Please consider making a complaint to my office. The complaint can be anonymous; however, it is usually more difficult to establish a violation without testimony regarding how the card was used, or what representations were made by the individual. This individual may have been complained about before to my office. You can also report the individual to HPD, since it appears that what he is doing qualifies as a crime.
So I scanned the business card that had been given to me, which included the obviously incorrect and apparently false license number, and submitted it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m impressed by the proactive stance shown by RICO in this instance.