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Brick Landscaper Slapped With Fine

Brick business fined as part of sweep of unregistered and non-compliant home improvement contractors

A Brick business was among 44 statewide that were fined for being unregistered or otherwise non-compliant with state law, official said.

The fines were levied to the scofflaw contractors after an investigation took place, based on complaints and referrals by consumers from across New Jersey, said Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa.

Ray Alsing Landscaping was the only Brick business to make the list. The company was not registered with the state, as mandated by law.

The state's Contractors' Registration Act requires home improvement contractors to register with the state and obtain a registration number that begins 13VH," according to a statement released by Chiesa's office.  To register, a home improvement contractor must provide proof of liability insurance, disclose a legitimate business address, and provide other information about the business. Contractors must display the registration number on all contracts, advertisements, and commercial vehicles as a reference for consumers.

The landscaping business was fined $4,500. Chiesa's office also referred a customer complaint to its Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit for arbitration.

The Brick business was one of two in Ocean County to be cited in the sweep. K&C Landscaping in Bayville also received a $4,500 fine for failing to register with the state.

Joseph Bricktown July 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM
WOW !!! If you are a Citizen & have a Business , you are required by law to register that business or you are BREAKING THE LAW & WILL BE FINED, but if you are A regiistered Business & your EMPLOYEES are unregistered or in this country ILLEGALY know as " An illegal immigrant " That's OK ?? HMMMMMM
Slippery Slope July 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Welcome to my world.
2much2say July 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I'm sure there are other businesses that don't register What about free-lancing work, landscaping isn't they only.
lifelonginbrick July 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I used to do massage therapy and a few years ago I went down to the town hall to check what the requirements the town has for local massage therapy license (it's crazy every town is different) and the clerk said "Whoa we don't get too many of you guys asking about that". The reason. Brick town was requiring way way more hours of schooling than the state required so really no state schools in NJ would satisfy Brick's requirements. Like it was too much trouble for the clown who set up Brick's requirements to bother to check what the state requirements were. As a result I doubt if a single massage therapist is licensed to work in Brick through no fault of theirs.
BW July 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Bingo! Give that man a cigar!
Upset Union Member July 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I say tax investigation too!
Chief Wahoo July 24, 2012 at 02:21 PM
this could put a damper on the public takers summer businesses ........
Gypsy Dick Wrench July 24, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Another hard working man made out to be a criminal because he lacks a SUIT!!!!! Beware ...he may have made a dime or less by WORKINg!!!! Where was government when he needed clients .... Or vehicles ..... Or Capitol ....or advertising .... Government doesn't Protect and serve,we can't even prevent.... and harass innocent citizens. It's how we DO!
lifelonginbrick July 24, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Gypsy, the reason why there is a law that contractors need to register IS TO PROTECT INNOCENT CITIZENS. If this clown can't provide proof of liability insurance and a valid business address then he should not be in business period. No one is punishing him for not owning a suite or whatever hysterical hogwash your claiming.
Gypsy Dick Wrench July 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Sounds like a suit ... Love pissing suits off lol Have a nice day!
Bernie Neuhaus July 24, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Being registered simply protects the clients. They should hit all contractors and landscapers and ask for employees proof of citizenship AND paystubs and or 1099's
Bernie Neuhaus July 24, 2012 at 03:26 PM
My father hired a contractor to do siding and windows. Less than a month later siding was blowing loose on side of house n 3 windows leaked like crazy. Tried to reach the contractor and poof. GONE not a registered biz n no trails
lifelonginbrick July 24, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Think they would just need proof of citizenship. However then people should be prepared to pay double or triple for landscaping because sad to say you probably won't find many Americans willing to do the tough dirty work that illegals do for the tiny wages. You know how it goes...you can either have really cheap crap from Walmart or you can have decent jobs. This country decided it would rather have cheap crap than decent well paying jobs a long time ago.
lifelonginbrick July 24, 2012 at 03:33 PM
That stinks. My grandmother used to get cheated with shoddy "handy men" and contractors a lot. I think some of these guys prey on the elderly.
Gypsy Dick Wrench July 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Low ballers beware ...... Go abead , select that "LOW BID" Most of the time it is absolutely the "HOMEOWNER S" fault when it comes to selecting a efficient contractor.... Most homeowners want to get involved with every step of the process of construction and renovation. Contractors are completely competitive , and when the homeowner finds out what the materials cost thanks to EBAY and HOME DEPOT , he puts a number on the contractors labor cost . If the contractor is starving with bills to pay and a little less than wary,he will get sucked in to that scenario. The contractor then gets halfway thru the job and finds out he can't complete it for the agreed cost due to various twists and turns of either existing home construction or other unforeseeable conditions . The homeowner has two choices , either shell out more money , or get someone to come in and hack it up for him . Two prices of advice Let your contractor supply materials and stay out of the process... And Get a reputable contracted and stay away from low ballers!
Not So Dumb July 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I seel Home Security Systems by a major leader in the field. My company is registered as an authorized dealer and we display our registration on all our media products that the public sees. I don't wear a suit and my installation team does not wear suits. If a contractor doesn't have liability insurance and he hurts himself on your property guess who gets sued. Do you want to take that chance? Any contractor should be able to produce a declaration page from his insurance co. before any work starts.
Kenneth July 24, 2012 at 05:19 PM
What?????? As a private citizen you are required by law to register your business with the state or face a fine but the Brick Mayor can hold two full time jobs but do neither one of them effectively????? :)
sosickofthis July 24, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Just remember this: just because a contractor is registered, doesn't mean he knows what he's doing. There is no test required by the state to prove a contractors knowledge of the subject or an ability to do quality work. Good luck finding a reputable, licensed, contractor, who hires people who also know what they're doing.
Slippery Slope July 24, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Undocumented Business, undocumented immigrant. Same thing, I don't care.
Jerry Belle July 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Your middle name suits you Gypsy. These types of laws protect seniors and other consumers. Just because you think you're too slick to be taken advantage of doesn't mean everyone else is. Lifelonginbrick is absolutely correct.
Jerry Belle July 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM
A true scammer knows to come in with a price and then "sells" the unsuspecting homeowner with "tips" to avoid "scammers". It is NOT the homeowner's fault, your opinion seems crassly biased and prejudiced against homeowners.
J.JONES July 25, 2012 at 02:32 AM
JUST CHECK ALL :Painters,construction co. ,landscapers masons etc..get my point and you will fine all helpers are illegal ..So get rid of them and we would give legals jobs that are unemployed...
Claudia Gonzalez July 25, 2012 at 04:11 AM
What a friggin joke!!
DT July 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I would venture to say that the reason that most people get "screwed" is their general lack of construction knowledge. Some people just dont know. Compound this with people typically accepting the lowest bid. And bam ! You get a crappy roof or siding job that leaks or blows off. Classic example, my grandpa lives in one of those retirement communities. There are a couple of different roofers. One guys comes looks professional and prepares a quality looking estimate package. However his price is about 800 bucks more then the next guys who shows up and looks more attractive with the lower bid. My grandpa picked the more expensive guy. Lucky for him, he has had no problems whats so ever. Sorry I cant say the same for his two neighbors who both when with the cheeper guy, they both got leaks shortly after. Funny thing is... this crook has the gall to come in and tell this poor old people that its not the roof is something else, and charges them some more money. By the way that extra work still didnt stop the problem. Bottom line, if all contractors generally pay the same amount for materials, how can one guy come in with his bid for hundreds less?? Easy one here folks... inexperienced labor. So keep picking the guy with the lowest bid, and there will always be people who are getting screwed.
ParentM August 06, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Reading the comment sections here always amazes me. The fact that people are commenting on matters that they are actually so ignorant to. The comments are all based on a biased personal experience. All comments aside. It is a good idea that Home Improvement contractors be registered. (although, socialized idea). BUT....Have any of you who comment here, considered the contractors troubles in maintaining his/her business? Especially in this economy? Do any of you realized what the Liability requirements are for Home Improvement Contractors?? The state requires a minimum amount of liability. This policy can cost a reputable contractor a minimum of $40,000.00 a year! MINIMUM. That's about $3,350.00 a month. Which is about $850.00 a week. That is the first bill to get paid or your busines gets shut down. Right? Some of you may think, "well, if you want to be a businiss owner then thats part of the package you take.". Ok. That's a point. BUT, that money has to come from somewhere. How many of you can take $800.00 a week off of the top of your income?
ParentM August 06, 2012 at 12:14 PM
So, when you, as a homeowner, want to do home improvements. Consider this, while you're searching for the "lowest bid". REFERENCES are the most important things to consider. You truly do "GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR". By the time the contractor has paid liability insurance, supplies, materials, fuels, auto insurance, labor, payroll taxes and taxes,(city, state, and feds), how much do you think is left? Don't forget maintainence on equipment. And for those of you who think that any legitamate contractor is paying any laborer "below wages", or "low wages"? You need to go talk to these laborers. They don't work for cheap. An experienced, talented mechanic is working at a VERY competetive wage. The homeowner who is choosing to go with the lowest bidder is contributing to the rising of illegitamate contractors, or "scabs" as some would say.

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