If you are a general contractor, you know that you are only as good as the people you hire to help you complete the work. Unfortunately, like any industry, there are good and bad professionals in the construction sector. If you hire the wrong subcontractor to complete a portion of a project, this can set your project back. A bad hire can also increase safety concerns and create liability issues for the general contractor. When this occurs, you need a Tampa construction lawyer.
In this six-part series, the Tampa construction attorneys at Cotney Construction Law will discuss ten signs of a bad subcontractor. In this section, we will focus on the most important issue: if the subcontractor is properly credentialed to work on the project. Remember, if you are involved in a license dispute, contact the Tampa construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law.
1. They Aren’t Credentialed
Regardless of what state you are working in, you and the subcontractor you hire should be licensed, insured, and registered to work in that area. As a general contractor, the first order of business is to ensure that you are operating legally. If a subcontractor is uninsured, safety practices are clearly not a primary concern of theirs. If they are licensed in another state, but not in the one you are currently working in, the subcontractor should not be considered for the position. Even if the subcontractor is experiencing a delayed renewal or their license is only temporarily expired, there should be no exception to this rule.
If you are a contractor, you must always be mindful of the law. Verify that your subcontractors are insured and evaluate the type of coverage they have. Regardless of the scope of work, only work with subcontractors that are licensed in your project area. If a subcontractor has an issue with presenting their license, they may be up to fraudulent activities. Getting the job done more quickly isn’t worth the legal risk. If an injury or accident occurs with an uncredentialed worker that you hired, you will require the services of a Tampa construction lawyer.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.