Florida’s Disaster Contractors Network (DCN) has been activated to support homeowners who may need home repairs following Hurricane Idalia. This is a free resource that was founded by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), and it is specifically designed to help ensure homeowners are not duped by an unlicensed contractor. DBPR is the state agency that regulates Florida’s construction industry. Florida-licensed contractors obtain their construction licenses through DBPR.
The DCN connects homeowners needing emergency repairs with Florida-licensed contractors and construction suppliers.
“When it comes to making home repairs, we recommend that Floridians use Florida-licensed contractors,” said Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Sec. Melanie Griffin. “We don’t want to see any Floridian become a victim a second time, and the Disaster Contractors Network can help prevent fraud.”
HOW IT WORKS: Once homeowners are safely able to assess their home repair needs, they are encouraged to log onto DCNOnline.org and search by county for a list of Florida-licensed contractors in their local community who are providing these services.”
TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS: The DCN has been connecting homeowners to licensed contractors for 20 years and was particularly instrumental in helping Florida get back on its feet after Hurricanes Ian, Michael and Charley.
FOR CONTRACTORS/SUPPLIERS: While many Florida contractors and suppliers have already registered, there is still an opportunity for additional licensed contractors and suppliers to log onto DCNOnline.org to register their licensed company.
John Caravella Esq., is a construction attorney and formerly practicing project architect at The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C., representing architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all phases of contract preparation, litigation, and arbitration across New York and Florida. He also serves as an arbitrator to the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel. Mr. Caravella can be reached by email: [email protected] or (631) 608-1346.
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