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County Urges Caution Hiring Home Repair Organizations

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2022) — The Charlotte County Community Development Department urges residents to exercise caution when hiring home repair organizations. Finding reputable contractors and suppliers is crucial to restoring our community from the damages of Hurricane Ian and Charlotte County wants to make sure people are getting the resources they need.

There are many organizations and entities in the area now to help and the county welcomes them and their efforts. Most contractors and non-profit organizations are legitimate and know the necessary steps to rehabilitating your home or business after a natural disaster, but there are some organizations that do not have the knowledge and experience in the building permit process. If you are obtaining help from a contractor please verify their license, insurance and registration with the county. If you are using a non-profit organization, make sure they are using contractors that are registered with the county as well as obtaining building permits to ensure the construction materials have a Florida product approval and proper inspections.

While getting discounted labor and materials may be welcome for those in desperate need, the pain of having to tear out or redo work may be compounded if that new work lacked proper permitting, inspections and contained substandard materials not approved by the state of Florida.

For questions about the permitting process for contractors and non-profit organizations please call the Charlotte County Community Development Department at 941-743-1201.

For storm-related information, call the Charlotte County Call Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at 941-833-4000 or 941-743-1320.

Follow Charlotte County Emergency Management’s recovery information at www.charlottecountyfl.gov/em, www.facebook.com/oemcharlottecounty, and www.twitter.com/ccoem.

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