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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 09:23 PM
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Property managers hiring licensed contractors

Hello,
I'm a licensed contractor and I was wondering if anyone knew if Property Management companies are required to hire Licensed Contractors. I haven't found anything that states they have to use licensed people, but it seems to me if there doing licensed maintenance work, they'd have to use Licensed Contractors. If anyone could give me some info I'd apppriciate it.

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 09:30 PM
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In my neck of the woods, maintenance is allowed to be done in-house. Changing lamps, ballasts, etc. up to a certain voltage & amperage do not require a license.

Above that threshold, hey either must be licensed or hire someone who is.
post #3 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 09:49 PM
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I work for several property managment companies. In Georgia only some trades are Licensed. Electrical, Plumbing, Hvac. A GC has to be licensed but only if they are doing work involving a licensed trade and the job is over 2500.00. So as a handyman I can do pretty much any other repair without a state license. They do require liability, work comp, rrp cert, and a business license among other things.
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post #4 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 10:07 PM
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Yeah here in California if you're doing work that's 500 dolars or more including materials, you have to be licensed. I'm just really curious how some people can get away with work that I know has to be licensed, and they some how slip through the cracks.
post #5 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 10:13 PM
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Yeah here in California if you're doing work that's 500 dolars or more including materials, you have to be licensed. I'm just really curious how some people can get away with work that I know has to be licensed, and they some how slip through the cracks.
One other thing about PM companies. They usually cap the amount that can be done without extra approval, here it's 300.00
post #6 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 10:21 PM
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This is a murky area. I, as a home owner cannot do any plumbing in my home without a master plumbing lisc. (union must have a little pull here) But I can do elect. work with a permit... Doesn't make much sense.
I can get away with plumbing repairs to do a successfull wint. I'm doing which requires real skills in plumbing and there is not a question or permit involved. The hipocrispy and double standard is screaming. It seems that this part of the job is left to anyone who thinks they know what they are doing and can do it cheap...
post #7 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 10:42 PM
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Yeah it seems people are just hiring anypne that's cheap, and not realising that here in California they can be prosecuted. In my area I haven't found that Property Mangers have to hire Licensed people, I hope to find a law somewhere where I can propse a new one in my state. All the unlicensed people are taking work away from us Licensed Contractors.
post #8 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 09:52 AM
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In Minnesota I know that a home owner can do their own electrical, plumbing, and structural. I also know that a direct blood relative can do the work as well. I know because my stepfather could not help us with a plumbing line but my biological dad could help(not that we would ask him).

It is just recommended that a licensed contractor do the work. By recommended I mean that the city inspector will inspect your work with a fine tooth comb. It is just extremely ridiculous to assume that you cannot do work on your home.
post #9 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 10:02 AM
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In Minnesota I know that a home owner can do their own electrical, plumbing, and structural. I also know that a direct blood relative can do the work as well. I know because my stepfather could not help us with a plumbing line but my biological dad could help(not that we would ask him).

It is just recommended that a licensed contractor do the work. By recommended I mean that the city inspector will inspect your work with a fine tooth comb. It is just extremely ridiculous to assume that you cannot do work on your home.
Yeah that all makes sense, I just want a law put in so property managers are allowed to only hire Licensed Contractors. There's so many unlicensed people taking work away from my company, and the companies are puttting themselves on a fine line.
post #10 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 11:40 AM
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In MI a home owner can do any repair, a handyman up to $600 in total repair, and anything over has to be by a licensed contractor. I still think these companies should at least hold a builders license or GC license.
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