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Bill aims to protect homeowners against rip off roofers

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State Rep. Steve Riggs State Rep. Steve Riggs

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Roofing rip offs are a huge problem in Kentucky. Homeowners have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars on shoddy work recent years. Now there's push to put new protections in place.

A new law being proposed by Kentucky State Rep. Steve Riggs of Jefferson County passed committee Wednesday and could come up for a full vote later in the week. It would put new, stricter requirements on anyone doing roofing work in Kentucky. You can read a copy of the bill here.

Riggs said he wants to create a state licensing system much like the kind contractors, plumbers and electricians have to follow. It would require roofers to register with the department of housing so they can be tracked in a data base and easily located if there's problems or complaints about their work.

The law would also require roofers to be bonded and insured, and get continuing education to maintain their certification. Riggs said it's is especially important in Kentucky due to a sharp increase in roofing complaints.

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office says there were 16 roofing complaints filed with them in 2011. That number almost tripled to 44 in 2012 and was up to 51 in 2013.

Riggs blamed the spike on fly by night roofers attracted by all the severe weather in region the past couple years. The damage attracting a slew of out of state roofers who took storm victims insurance money and left them with sub standard work.

"They don't do their job," Riggs said. "They do half the job they are supposed to do. They put on bad material to begin with, so in three or four years the roof deteriorates, so it's a big problem."

The AG's office currently has criminal cases and investigations involving 61 victims involving $348,600 in losses.

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