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It’s tempting to hire an unlicensed contractor. Their services are low cost, and you are not even legally obligated to pay them. In Florida, unlicensed contracting can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the facts. Consequently, unlicensed contractors generally possess no contract or lien rights.
On the other hand, you have the right to enforce the contract against the unlicensed contractor. The contractor and the surety (if there is one) are liable for poor workmanship or incomplete work. This is true even if you knew the contractor was not licensed before you entered into the contract. See Earth Trades v. T&G Corp., 108 So. 3d 580 (Fla. 2013).
You should think twice before doing business with an unlicensed contractor. If the state is investigating you for hiring an unlicensed contractor, or you have a contract dispute with an unlicensed contractor, contact the experienced Tampa construction law attorneys at Lieser Skaff Alexander to discuss your options.