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first_img “I about had a heart attack,” said the 62-year-old West Hills woman. “I kept asking these people for their contractor’s license or a work order. They couldn’t give me anything – a business card, an order sheet. Even the owner couldn’t.” The roof was 10 years old and didn’t leak. David Paine, owner of Preferred Roofing in Van Nuys, who covered it with a tarp Saturday, said the repair would cost about $9,000. Hodge has homeowners insurance, but hasn’t yet filed a report. She asked Precision’s owner to fix it immediately. “He couldn’t even say he was sorry,” Hodge said. “He didn’t apologize. He just said, ‘It was a mistake. People make mistakes.’ “He said, ‘It would be nice if you would compensate me for this work.”‘ Elliott said he offered to fix her roof for free. “I’m trying to make a bad situation good so everyone walks away happy,” Elliott said. “Next thing you know she called the police and her attorney and we got kicked off the job.” A crime report was not taken because it appeared to be a mistake, said Lt. Paul Vernon, a police spokesman. Elliott said Precision Roofing has been in business 30 years. The Better Business Bureau of the Southland gave it a D rating in 2002 for not responding to a client’s complaint about a leaking overhang. The Reseda-based company has not been licensed by the Contractors State License Board since 2000. It was unclear why Precision Roofing did not have a license, said Pamela Mares, a spokeswoman for the board. Elliott said he was unaware his license was invalid. It is illegal in California to do contracting work for $500 or more without a license. “I strongly encourage anybody to report unlicensed activities. We will go after (unlicensed contractors), put them in jail,” Mares said. Monday, the Hodges were more concerned with damage control. Strong gusts whipped south from the Santa Susana Mountains, flapping the clear tarp. Brad and his father, Miles, spent several hours refastening the tarp. “It’s the middle of winter. It’s going to rain. What am I going to do?” Brad Hodge asked. The roof incident capped a frustrating week for Hodge, an alumnus of the University of Southern California. On Wednesday he watched his Trojans lose the college football national championship at the Rose Bowl. “Losing the game was disappointing, but it doesn’t affect my day-to-day life, except I have to take a lot of ribbing from my co-workers,” he said. “But having to come home and see the roof ripped off my house hits you, well, right at home.” Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 [email protected] Tips when hiring a contractor: Hire only licensed contractors Get three bids Be wary of people offering home-improvement work door-to-door Verify the contractor’s license by checking online at www.cslb.ca.gov or via the Contractors State License Board’s automated phone service at (800) 321-2752 Don’t pay more than 10 percent down or $1,000 Don’t pay cash Contact the contractors license board if you have a complaint. SOURCE: Contractors State License Board160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS – Brad Hodge went through the roof over his missing shingles. Portions of his roof were removed by an unlicensed contractor whose crew had been sent to 17722 Tribune St. – but showed up at 17722 Tulsa St. instead. “I understand delivering something to the wrong address, but I don’t understand starting a process like that without talking to the resident or the homeowner,” a dumbfounded Hodge said. Now Hodge and his parents, who own the single-story stucco house one block north of Tribune Street, are scrambling to get the roof replaced before the next Southern California downpour. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Most reputable roofers, though, have waiting lists of three months or more. “My guys made a mistake and tore off the wrong roof,” said Precision Roofing owner Barry Elliott, whose business is not licensed by the state. The costly debacle started Friday about 8 a.m. when a Precision crew showed up at the home and nobody was there. “They were walking up and down the street, and they were looking at our house,” said John Cooley, who lives next door. “I thought they were lost. Evidently, they were.” When Gayle Hodge and her husband arrived two hours later to help with their son’s new air conditioner, the roofers were well into the demolition, flinging composite shingles onto the driveway and into a large truck. last_img

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