.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Beware of fly-by-night contractors

-A A +A
By Carol A. Clark

Just as the dregs of society did following the Cerro Grande Fire, fly-by-night contractors are descending upon Los Alamos to cash in on all the hail damage repair work created by the massive July 6 hailstorm.

“Anyone who wants to do business in this town must have a business license issued by Los Alamos County,” said Los Alamos County’s Building Official Chris Williams. “While it is legal for a person to go door-to-door to offer their services, they must have a business license and when they come to us to get it, we’re going to make sure they have a valid contractor’s license.”

It’s perfectly appropriate for homeowners to ask to see the business licenses of people knocking on their doors to offer services, he said.

Along with Los Alamos County business licenses, workers also must have valid contractor’s licenses, which they obtain from the state.

The danger to homeowners who hire an unlicensed or uninsured contractor is that the homeowner assumes responsibility for that person, Williams said. If that person is injured on the job, the homeowner can be sued and ordered to pay that person’s medical expenses, workman’s compensation and even lost wages for however long the person is unable to return to work.


If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
info
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:



Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday