Roofing companies must register with Kansas AG's office - KCTV5

Roofing companies must register with Kansas Attorney General's Office

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TOPEKA, KS (KCTV/AP) -

A new Kansas law will require roofing contractors to register annually with the attorney general's office before they can be paid for their work.

The new law was enacted this year by legislators and is designed to protect consumers. It had the support of Attorney General Derek Schmidt, AARP, the Better Business Bureau and the roofing industry itself.

The law took effect on Monday.

The law says that roofing contractors must obtain an annual certificate from the attorney general's office to solicit business or collect fees for residential or commercial jobs.

Roofers must be at least 18 years old, and they or their companies must show that they carry $500,000 in liability insurance.

The attorney general's office will charge a $250 annual registration fee. Companies have 60 days to register before facing penalties.

Homeowners have horror stories about hiring contractors who perform inferior work and they have difficulties getting the work brought up to standard, especially once the final check is written.

After storms hit, fly-by-night companies will still come in and seek to take advantage of homeowners. But roofers and Schmidt's office say homeowners should do their due diligence.

Homeowners in Kansas can now check to see if a potential contractor is registered.

But Kevin Pratt, owner of Century Roofing, said the law won't prevent all problems if a homeowner fails to do adequate checks.

"It won't help them to find the people they're trying to stop if the hail chaser comes to town, he's not going to register," Pratt said. "So they're not going to know who he is, and when a homeowner calls and complains, they're going to say 'We don't have them.'"

He fears the law will just hurt law-abiding company leaders like himself.

"The more things like this are put on us, the less we're in the roofing business," Pratt explained. "I'm not in the roofing business. I'm in the filling-out-paperwork business."

The Better Business Bureau said it will check its accredited roofers in the coming months and may suspend accreditation of those who failed to register.

Homeowners are advised to check with family members and friends for referrals. Ask questions and ask more questions is the best advice for homeowners.

Plus you can now check the Kansas AG's website. For more information on the AG's website, click here.

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