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October 2, 2014

Re:  IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING HOME ELEVATION CONTRACTORS REGISTRATION

Dear Mayor:

We have been asked, by Richard Rebisz, Chief of Staff, Division of Consumer Affairs in the Office of the Attorney General, to share this important information with you.

On August 15, 2014, Governor Christie signed a law requiring home elevation contractors to register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (the Division). The law defines home elevation as raising an entire residential or non-commercial structure to a higher level above the ground. The law requires that persons who offer to perform, engage in or attempt to engage in the business of home elevations are registered with the Division as home elevation contractors, on and after October 1, 2014, and that the registration is in effect and certified, when applying for a permit to perform a home elevation.

This law requires, among other things, that to be registered with the Division:

  • The home elevation contractor has a named person in an ownership, employee, or consultant position who has a minimum of five years of experience in home elevation; and
  • The home elevation contractor maintain $500,000 per occurrence of commercial general liability insurance required of all home improvement contractors, and a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence of cargo or other insurance that specifically covers damages or losses to the homeowner, lessee, tenant or other party resulting from home elevation activities.

If a home improvement contractor, who engages in home elevation, and who entered into a contract with a consumer to perform home elevation services BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2014, that contractor will be deemed to be in compliance with the law so long as he or she maintains written proof that the consumer had been apprised of the requirements of the law and the consumer has knowingly elected to proceed under the terms of your contract.  In addition, the contractor should immediately begin the process to register as a home elevation contractor by completing and returning the Application and other required materials to the Division.  The Division is prepared to provide applicants with expedited review, comment and issuance of registration upon satisfaction of the requirements for registration.  Keep in mind that ON AND AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2014, every contractor is required to register as a home elevation contractor for all contracts entered into on or after October 1, 2014.

A home improvement contractor, who engages in home elevation, and who has not BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2014, entered into a contract with a consumer to perform home elevation services, must be registered with the Division on or after October 1, 2014, in order to offer to perform, engage in, or attempt to engage in the business of home elevation. FURTHER, the contractor must certify that she or he is registered with the Division at the time of application for a permit to perform a home elevation.  The registration process is initiated by completing and returning the Application and other required materials to the Division.  The Division is prepared to provide prompt review, comment and issuance of registration upon satisfaction of the requirements for registration.  Keep in mind that ON AND AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2014, only registered home elevation contractors can perform home elevations.

The Division’s Regulations will be published on its website: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/
If you have any questions, please contact the Division’s HIC/HEC Call Center at 973-424-8150 or 888-656-6225.  Those with questions should select option #2 for Home Improvement Contractors (HIC’s).

We thank Mr. Rebisz and the Division of Consumer Affairs for sharing this important notice.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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