Does a contract with an individual differ from one with a contracting company?
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The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act applies to any person who owns and operates a home improvement business or who undertakes, offers to undertake, or agrees to perform any home improvement, unless the total cash value of all of that person's home improvement work was less than $5,000 during the previous taxable year (in which case they do not need to register with the state as a contractor). Check your contract to see if Handyman Jeff listed a contractor number and/or try looking him up in the PA contractor database found here: https://hicsearch.attorneygeneral.gov/. Here is a link to commonly asked questions about Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/resources/home-improvement-contractor-registration/contractor-frequently-asked-questions/. You can make a complaint through the PA Office of Attorney General and/or hire an attorney to assist you in sending a demand letter (some contractors respond more readily to letters from attorneys) or pursuing litigation. Good Luck!
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