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Most contractors are honest actors, but how can an adjuster handle a situation in which a contractor takes an aggressive approach, or insists on cutting the insured out of communications? The PLRB crew discusses the difficulties posed by these situations and what some legislatures and doing to address them.

Notable Timestamps

[ 00:35 ] – Hypothetical contractors say that they are paying the insured’s deductible, so the insurance company should only deal with them directly, not the insured.

[ 03:25 ] – Some contractors apply high-pressure urgent sales tactics, and require down payments up front to lock in homeowners before they can research further.

[ 05:54 ] – Fraud, deposit-snatching, and poor workmanship are other issues present in the industry, though uncommon.

[ 08:15 ] – PLRB’s weather tools allow adjusters to confirm weather conditions like wind and hail were present on the date of the loss. On-site, adjusters may face difficult conversations if homeowners have already been promised a new roof.

[ 09:56 ] – Legislatures in nearly half of states have instituted some form of protection such as a customer’s right to cancel a contractor’s contract, prohibitions against contractors paying deductibles, and requirements that contractors have a license to act as a public adjuster.

[ 12:50 ] – Most homeowners policies forbid assignment of benefits without consent, but post-loss assignments are typically permitted.

[ 14:51 ] – Tim provides a recap of the scenario and the points above.

Your PLRB Resources

50-state survey on aggressive contractors –

One-stop weather research –

Recorded webinar on investigating fraudulent roofing claims –

Recorded webinar on assignment of benefits –

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