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Florida Cracks Down on Roofing Scams


Solar energy has been all the rage for the past few years. Harnessing the sun’s energy in the form of electricity has been touted as a great way to save money on energy bills. Solar does come with a hefty upfront cost, but many people experience savings over time.

However, Florida residents have seen “The Dark Side of Solar” in the form of roofing scams. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody recently held a news conference with the Better Business Bureau. They informed homeowners about ways to protect themselves when purchasing solar energy systems.

The Attorney General’s office says some companies are telling Florida residents that they are eligible for government rebates and utility incentives, but this is not true and homeowners need to be cautious.

Bad actors are pretending to be solar energy companies. They are enticing homeowners with big savings to secure large down payments with no intention of ever completing the installation. Florida residents have lost thousands of dollars in these scams.

The Attorney General’s office has already filed legal actions against three solar companies for engaging in unfair trade practices. These three companies are:

  • MC Solar and Roofing. This Tampa-based solar company has scammed hundreds of consumers, including seniors and veterans. Attorney General Moody filed a lawsuit after receiving reports that the company damaged homes and forged applications. The company also allegedly filed liens on homes despite abandoning the homeowners’ projects.
  • SetUp My Solar. The owners of this company allegedly used high-pressure sales tactics and lied to consumers about the possible savings and tax rebates for purchasing solar systems. Consumers claimed that the company failed to complete or properly install systems, causing failed inspections and damage.
  • Vision Solar. This company sold solar panels to hundreds of consumers with promises of solar energy benefits and certain timelines for project completion. Consumers got neither. Instead, they reported extensive delays and damage.

Here are some red flags consumers should be aware of when approached by companies selling solar panels:

  • Get quotes from several reputable solar companies and compare offers.
  • Be cautious of companies requesting large upfront payments.
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau to check for complaints before choosing a certain company,
  • Keep in mind that all solar installations require a permit and inspection before the system can be connected to the utility company.
  • Read and understand all terms in the contract. Pay attention to warranties, cancellation policies, payment schedules and any hidden fees.

Contact a Consumer Fraud Lawyer Today

There are many ways for people to get scammed nowadays. With so many people interested in solar energy, scammers are finding their way into this industry.

Have you been a victim of fraud? If so, take action by contacting Bradenton consumer fraud lawyer from Cahall Law Firm. We’ll help you understand your legal options and advise you of the next steps so you can get justice. To schedule a free consultation, call (941) 281-2019 or fill out the online form.



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