Oregon: Local Unlicensed Contractor Costs Consumer Thousands

by BBB Staff | Aug 18, 2020 9:41:11 AM

BBB ISSUES ALERT ABOUT F-RATED COMPANY

VANCOUVER, WA – August 18th, 2020 - Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest + Pacific has identified an unlicensed concrete contractor operating in Vancouver, WA.

BBB received a report through BBB’s Scam Tracker from a consumer alleging Sateki H. Vaenuku, advertising under the company name P. Concrete, had approached her and her neighbors to perform concrete work. The consumer alleges after paying for the work she discovered the job had not been done properly and damage had been done to her property. Thereafter the consumer stated she had to hire another company to remove and repair the work done by Mr. Vaenuku and crew, costing her thousands of dollars.

BBB found Mr. Vaenuku is not a licensed contractor with Washington State Labor & Industries. According to information provided by Washington State Labor & Industries, Mr. Vaenuku has three infractions for advertising, offering to do work, submitting a bid, or performing work when not registered as a contractor, as required. As of May 27, 2020, Sateki Vaenuku has been penalized a total of $10,500, which has not been satisfied.

BBB also found Mr. Vaenuku has used the business names Creative Concrete and most recently P. Concrete which are not licensed as businesses with the State of Washington Department of Revenue.

BBB has reached out to Mr. Vaenuku but has not received a response.

BBB advises consumers to take the following steps before hiring a contractor:

  • Bonded and Insured: Check to see the contractor has active and current insurance and is bonded.
  • Contractor License & Enforcement Actions: Check to see if the contractor is licensed as a contractor with the state and whether there has been any enforcement or disciplinary infractions against the company
  • Recommendations – Inspect their previous work. Check online reviews and customer complaints at BBB.org.
  • Do not hire on the spot – If someone comes to your door, do not hire them on the spot. Get an estimate and information about the company. Take the time to verify their bond, insurance, licensing as well as inspect their past work before accepting a bid.

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