MADISON -– This week’s severe weather provides a tangible reminder for homeowners to be on the lookout for fly-by-night contractors canvassing affected areas after major storms.
These so-called “storm chaser” operations have a history of doing subpar work for high prices or simply running off with a victim’s money. The workers are often from out of state and move quickly from town to town, making them difficult to track. They may pressure homeowners for a down payment and sometimes increase the price of the job when they ask for the final payment.
A Wisconsin state law – “The Storm Chaser Law” – gives DATCP enforcement tools to protect consumers and honest businesses and aims to prevent insurance fraud. Highlights of the law include:
Here are additional Consumer Protection tips for homeowners with storm damage:
For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.