House Painting Contractor Scams – In 2021, the wheels of justice were busy spinning against criminal house renovation contractors (including painting contractors).
Under the Consumer Protection Act, the Ministry of Consumer Services laid 823 charges against home renovation contractors in Ontario (Toronto and the GTA house painting companies for the most part). This amounted to over $421,000 in fines being issued, 33 individuals were sentenced to jail or probation, and over $377,000 were paid out in restitution to scammed victims.
As staggering as these statistics are, the actual true number of homeowners who were scammed by house painting contractors is much higher as most people bite the loss and don’t even report it. Plus, these stats only reflect claims that actually resulted in full prosecution.
The scary reality is: Scamming is big business. And for painting contractors, it is no different. It’s easy money for a criminal contractor because they simply disappear once you lay down a hefty deposit, or do a poor job, pocket the rest and are never to be seen again.
The only defense against being scammed is YOU. It’s your responsibility to find a reputable and trustworthy property painting contractor. Luckily for you, scammers leave a trail of red flags that mark their criminal intentions.