New Jersey’s Contractor’s Registration Act and Consumer Fraud Act can be lethal traps for an unsuspecting home-improvement contractor. These laws are extremely consumer friendly and can produce liability beyond belief, even for innocent mistakes. A violation of either of these statutes can cause the contractor to forfeit money paid, or due to be paid, under a home-improvement contract. In addition, the contractor may be required to pay the consumer three times his/her losses , as well as attorney fees and any expert witness costs associated with litigation that may result from a violation of these Acts.
A contractor should not enter another deal with a homeowner without first having read this free book and engaging an attorney who can offer guidance through these treacherous waters. It is far better to be safe than sorry. Knowledge is power!