The Norman Transcript

July 11, 2013

Unlicensed roofers getting off easy

By Bill Bailey
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — I lost my home and a vehicle in the May 20 tornado. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out. You were a Godsend, and I can’t thank you enough.

I am currently a displaced Mooron living in Oklahoma City. (Yeah, you have got to be a Mooron to live in “tornado alley.”) Like many of you, I had my share of offers from the out-of-town roofers that swarmed down on our city. The following are some of the things I found out.

The first thing is all roofers must be licensed through the Construction Industries Board. Second, they must be licensed by the city of Moore. To register with either, one must have General Liability insurance and workers’ comp insurance.

The city of Moore requires a peddler’s license for door-to-door salesmen. The salesman is investigated by OSBI to make sure child molesters, rapist, murders, burglars, wife beaters, etc. (convicted felons) are not knocking at your door.

Third, convicted child molesters, rapists, murders, burglars, wife beaters, etc. (convicted felons) can’t get a license. However, if you don’t register, it is only a misdemeanor and a $500 fine. There is more than $2 billion in work out there.

Now, I am going to tell you a shocker. The governor, the crooked lawyers now turned crooked politicians want these child molesters working on your roofs and peeping in your windows, casing your home out for a future burglary.

Before their conviction, they had to hire a lawyer. Lawyers cost money. Rapists, murders, burglars, wife beaters, etc. (convicted felons) can’t go get a job at McDonalds, Wal-Mart, etc. for minimum wage. They can, however, put a roof on your home without a license.

Comp Source charges 30 cents on every dollar paid for roofers. Now, since many of these child molesters have unpaid legal bills, their crooked lawyers now turned crooked politicians wrote and passed some ineffective and lax laws on purpose.

Shawnta Mitchell at CIB informed me that if one suspects a roofer is unlicensed, you must file a written complaint. They have no enforcement ability. They mail the complaint to the district attorney’s office. You have to give the devil his dues, and these crooked lawyers now turned crooked politicians did a doozy writing these ineffective and lax laws.

Unlicensed roofers only pay a $500 fine and no jail time. Thank you, Mary Fallin. However, if you illegally dump, there is the same $500 fine and jail time.

Florida, Nevada and California have some of the strictest laws in the nation. The first offense carries an automatic $10,000 fine. All this means is that crooked lawyers can’t get the child molester off for less money and also two years jail time. Makes you want to live in Florida, Nevada or California, doesn’t it?

In Yukon and the Village, a licensed roofer has to pull a permit just like in Florida, Nevada and California. That is all it would take. No green permit in the window at the job site, and the building inspector red flags the job and runs the roofing crew off.

The job can’t start back up until a permit is pulled. Only licensed roofers can pull permits. If you don’t believe me, call the building inspector in Yukon or the Village. They don’t have crooked lawyers and crooked politicians in Yukon.

On June 28, I was in the Moore Building Permit Office attempting to pull a permit to rebuild. My contractor is a licensed roofer and licensed general contractor in Moore. You guessed it: I won’t hire child molesters.

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak sent his Insurance Fraud team in to pull a list of all the licensed roofers and contractors in Moore. I have seen these guys in IHOP. They all wear guns on their hips. Off they went, driving up and down the street, banging on the doors of un suspecting homeowners. The next day, there were fewer signs in front yards when I drove down.

John Doak, you are my hero. You have not been bought by these crooked lawyers turned crooked politicians at the round house. You certainly have us Moorons’ best interest at heart. I salute you for running these bad guys out of town. I think all of Moore should do the same.

I know your hands are tied from arresting these scumbags from preying on us. However, I have an idea how you could get around those crooked lawyers and politicians.

Down along the “wind-zoned areas” of the Gulf Coast, a roofer must pull a permit to reroof. The TDI sends an engineer to inspect the work for the correct shingle application, etc. If the roof inspection fails, the homeowner can’t get a completion certificate to hand over to his insurance company.

Without this certificate, the insurance company won’t/can’t reinsure the homeowner. The homeowner has to hire the services of another roofer who can comply with the stringent “wind zone” application. No insurance, and the mortgage company forecloses on the property.

Why can’t the state insurance commissioner require a permit to be pulled by a licensed roofer? Part of the requirements for the permit is the roofer must provide your office a copy of his license, the claim number and insurance carrier.

At the end of the job, the homeowner signs off on a completion certificate. The certificate is returned to your office, and you issue a notice to the insurance company that the property is eligible to be reinsured.

Your office regulates the insurance companies and you have their addresses. Any carrier not wanting to comply would not be permitted to do business in Oklahoma. Without a completion certificate, the homeowner could not renew his insurance without hiring a licensed roofer to perform the work.

Oh well, that might mean some homeowners might have to tear off the new roof at his expense and have a new roof installed by a licensed roofer before he can renew his insurance. Please give this some thought.

I, once again, want to thank you for being pro-active and protecting us from the governor’s office and the crooked lawyers now turned politicians who are screwing us under the current roof laws.

Bill Bailey is rebuilding in Moore.