Homeowners from Tacoma to Seattle are waging complaints against Beaver Worx LLC, a local roofing contractor, for failing to pay its suppliers. As a result, complainants are receiving notices of liens on their homes.
Most consumers have paid in full and projects were completed, but they are later told that thousands of dollars in liens have been placed against their homes because Beaver Worx never paid for materials. Complainants allege that the company does not respond to phone calls or inquiries.
Out of Better Business Bureau's 10 complaints on Beaver Worx, eight remain unanswered. BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has not been able to reach owner Fred Beaver at the company's Tacoma address or Puyallup PO Box.
According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the company's construction contractor's license was suspended on March 29, 2012.
Liens are legal. If unpaid, businesses, suppliers or individuals—hired by contractors—have the right to demand payments from homeowners and make claims against properties. Washington State Department of Labor and Industries offers facts on liens and tips on protecting investments.
Contract with reliable contractors. Don't just check for state business registration; verify contractors' licensing, bonds and insurance coverage—before, during and after projects. Halt all operations if violations are found. If needed, contact suppliers and subcontractors for details.
Visit lni.wa.gov to find resources on registered contractors and other tools. Visit bbb.org to find BBB Business Reviews and watch out for unanswered complaints.
When remodeling projects don't materialize, lean on authorities for help. File complaints and report frauds to Department of Labor and Industries. File complaints with BBB and Washington State Office of the Attorney General.