PA Laws Offer Options to Recover Money When Contractors Try to Cheat Homeowners

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Hiring a contractor can be an excellent way to improve your home and add value to a property. However, it is usually better to hire a professional when it comes to plumbing, electrical work, or large-scale home improvement projects that require serious know-how and planning. Unfortunately, some contractors are unreliable or dishonest. That’s why consumers are protected under the…

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Some Lancaster County Homeowners Have Been Scammed. Learn How to Protect Yourself Against Potentially Illegal Contractor Practices.

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney For Lancaster County homeowners, home improvement is an important matter. Across Pennsylvania, property owners spend more than $9 billion every year on home improvement. But before entrusting anyone to work on something as important as a home, remodelers must be wary of dishonest workers. Unfortunately, contractor scams are common, costing Pennsylvania residents untold sums of money every year, leaving…

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Some Contractors in Lancaster County are Trying to Scam Homeowners With These Potentially Illegal Practices

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Homeownership should be a happy experience. The freedom afforded by owning your own home is a dream for many, but scam contractors and real estate agents can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare. In Lancaster County, homeowners have protections from contractor and real estate fraud under two important laws: The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law…

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Cheated By a Contractor? PA Residents Have Rights!

By Angela Ward, Attorney It happens more often than we would like to believe, and right here in Lancaster County. A contractor offers to pave a homeowner's driveway at a good price with asphalt that he has left from another job, the homeowner wants to take advantage of this deal and pays him upfront without checking for licensing or references and never sees the…

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Illegal in PA: Dishonest Contractors, Home Sellers, and Real Estate Agents

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Owning a home should be a happy experience. But sometimes careless or even dishonest contractors or real estate agents can cheat you out of money and peace of mind. You don't have to put up with it. In Pennsylvania, homeowners are protected from contractor and real estate fraud under The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) and the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. These…

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