The Home Improvement Contractor Law requires registration of contractors working on homes. The statute requires a home improvement contract must be in writing; the contract must include a clear description of all other documents, plans, drawings and/or specifications that are incorporated into the contract; the contractor must include its HIC registration number, along with complete address information; the signatures of all parties must be on the completed contract and must state the date on which the work is scheduled to begin and the date by which the contracted work is expected to be substantially completed; also, the contractor must include a detailed description of the project work and the materials to be used. The law has additional detailed provisions for these contracts. A violation of Chapter 142A by a registered contractor is by definition a violation of Chapter 93A, the unfair business practices act. A violation of this statute, Chapter 93A, leaves the registered contractor liable for multiple damages, attorney fees and court costs.« Back to Glossary Index
About Owen Gallagher
Owen Gallagher is an experienced insurance litigator as well as a certified mediator and arbitrator who specializes in insurance industry disputes. His interest and affinity for insurance began at a young age working the counter at his father’s assigned risk agency in Roxbury. Over the course of his career, Owen has argued a number of cases in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and has helped agents, insurance companies, and lawmakers alike with the complexities and idiosyncrasies of insurance law in the Commonwealth. Owen can be reached here.