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Southeast Kansas Roofers react to Kansas Roofing Act

An act passed by Kansas leaders was to ensure homeowners in the state would avoid doing business with unethical or "fly-by-night" roofing contractors.

One Southeast Kansas roofing company says not all roofing contractors are playing by the rules.

Nancy Thoennes, owner and operator of Affordable Roofing and Siding, says her company registered with the Attorney General's Office, but other roofing contractors in the area are not on the list.

"I think we should all be on a fair playing ground," said Thoennes.

The Kansas Roofing Contractor Registration Act

In July of 2013 Kansas passed the roofing registration act which requires roofing contractors to obtain a certificate from the Kansas attorney general's office.

It allows roofers to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee.

Joe Bevilacqua owns ABI Construction he says his company hasn't registered or taken a roofing job since those changes were made.

"My bids are always high with this new act coming through it just puts a bigger expense on the business," said Bevilacqua.

Bevilacqua says if he opts in, that would mean less employees.

"If I give I got to take from somewhere," said Thoennes.

Violations of the "Kansas Roofing Registration Act" are punishable by civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.

For a list of roofing contractors listed with the AG's office visit: http://ag.ks.gov/in-your-corner-kansas/resources/roofing-registration


AG Schmidt: 700 roofers registered, check the directory before having work done

TOPEKA – (March 31, 2014) – As the spring storm season approaches, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today reminded Kansans to make sure roofers are complying with a new Kansas law requiring them to register with the Attorney General's Office.

“As of today, 700 roofers have registered with our office and may lawfully provide roofing services in Kansas,” Schmidt said. “As storm season begins across our state, it's important for homeowners to make sure their roofer has registered before signing any contract, paying any money or having any work done.”

Before hiring a roofer, consumers should ask for a copy of the roofer's registration certificate from the attorney general's office and then go online to verify that the roofer is in fact listed in the attorney general's online directory. The requirement to register with the attorney general's office is in addition to any other local requirements that may be imposed by cities or counties.

The online directory is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.

The Kansas Roofing Contractor Registration Act was passed during the 2013 legislative session and took effect July 1, 2013. The law requires every roofing contractor to obtain a registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee in Kansas. It is designed to ensure that legitimate roofing contractors are complying with state requirements, such as carrying appropriate insurance, and to help prevent fly-by-night operators from taking advantage of Kansas consumers.

Any Kansans who have problems with roofing contractors, particularly after suffering storm damage, may file a request for the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division to investigate at (800) 432-2310 or www.InYourCornerKansas.org. The attorney general requests that Kansans report any unregistered person or company attempting to sell roofing services.

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