Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S1405/A7531) cracking down on "storm chasers," unscrupulous roofers who take advantage of when a natural disaster strikes a community and exploit that in need of home repair services and either perform sub-standard work that must be redone, or no work at all.
The legislation creates robust consumer protections in roofing contracts and prohibits these "roofers" from using insurance deductibles as inducements to entering into an agreement for services.
"It is reprehensible that in the aftermath a natural disaster that bad actors exploit New Yorkers, especially our seniors, at their greatest time of need," Governor Cuomo said. "In enacting this legislation, we are protecting families and business owners from these unscrupulous con artists who prey on the vulnerable and leave even more damage in their wake."
Senator David Carlucci said, "New York must always protect homeowners, especially after a natural disaster when they are most vulnerable to unscrupulous contractors. Our legislation will hold contractors accountable and stop scams from ripping off homeowners. Thank you Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law."
Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon said, "Thank you Governor Cuomo for signing this much needed legislation that was prepared by Senator Carlucci and me. Recently, many homes and businesses were damaged in the Mohawk Valley and across the State during the Halloween 2019 storm. This legislation will ensure that property repairs are being completed by legitimate contractors with the goal of providing quality, safe work for the property owner."
This legislation will become effective 180 days after enactment.