Referring a contractor who is not licensed, bonded and insured increases your liability and puts your clients at risk.  The person hiring someone who is not licensed, bonded and insured becomes potentially responsible for damage caused by unlicensedworkman sized workers as well as medical bills and loss of wages for workers hurt on the job. Furthermore, the standard homeowner’s policy won’t provide coverage when knowingly using an unlicensed contractor. The Washington Realtor Hotline attorney says: In Washington State, there is a cause of action (a lawsuit claim) based on “negligent referral”. If broker refers a contractor to a party and the contractor damages the party, the party has a potential claim against broker for “negligent referral.” We are here to help you and your clients with all aspects of the rental market. Please contact us for further assistance!

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About Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management

As residential property managers for Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management Division, we manage single family residences, individual condominium units and small apartment complexes in the greater Puget Sound region. We serve Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes, Marysville, Bainbridge Island, Lynnwood, Everett, Redmond, Bellevue and many other cities in Washington State. We also offer full service commercial property management services.
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  1. samman15 says:

    To add to this article, make sure you get a repair/restore contractor for your damaged home. Most contractors are only good for new building but say you had a fire or flood, you need a contractor who knows how to restore/repair your house. There are some good ones in the area including Liberty Claim Rebuilders (


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