A new law in Texas, which goes into effect September 1, makes it clear that it is illegal for a contractor or roofer to forego a deductible, according to the state insurance department.
“This new law will help keep consumers safe,” said Kent Sullivan, Texas Insurance Commissioner, in a news release. “Roofers who forego deductibles are cut off. Take your business elsewhere. “
After a severe storm, contractors – including some scammers – can be on site quickly. This leads to bad repairs, wrong contracts, and other problems. The Texas Department of Insurance has set up a dedicated fraud department to meet with local officials following a disaster and explain the steps they can take to protect residents from contractor fraud.
One selling point that bad builders often use is offering to waive or absorb the homeowner’s deductible. The contractor then cuts off, uses lower quality products, or inflates the bill sent to the insurance company to cover the difference.
It is illegal for a contractor or roofer to forego a deductible or to promise a discount for all or part of a deductible.
HB 2102 by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione enters into force on September 1st. Under the new law, violations could result in a fine of up to $ 2,000 and a prison term of up to six months.
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