Resolving contractor disputes and reporting to licensing

Some Louisiana resident may have to enter a contract with a contractor at some point in their life. Whether it is to build a house, do a remodel or complete a construction project, there is a possibility that a contractor dispute could arise. This could happen if there is a delay, the wrong material is used or some other material term is not timely met; however, sometimes these contract disputes cannot be resolved and the parties will enter construction litigation.

When trying to resolve a construction dispute, it is important to understand various ways to settle the dispute. One option is to contact state and local licensing authorities. Because most contractors are subject to licensing requirements, individuals can seek out regulating authorities for help. Such a step could help one save time, money and the hassle a complex litigation case could present.

While there are no absolute guarantees when an individual hires a licensed professional as a contractor, it is more likely that the project will eventually turn out well and there is a better chance of redress if the project does not turn out as planned.

If the state regulates the profession of the contractor, it is likely that the licensing authority will be able to help a lot. And, by reporting them, the agency that regulates their profession will likely be able to take action against them. This could mean fines, suspension or revocation of a professional license or even the loss of membership in a professional organization.

While reporting the contractor will likely not be the first step an individual will take when a contractor dispute occurs, it is an available option if negotiation, mediation or even litigation does not work to reach a timely settlement. And because construction litigation can turn into a very complex matter, it is important that Louisiana residents understand how they can best address and resolve these disputes.

Source:, “Tips for Resolving a Contractor Dispute,” Gwen Moran, Accessed Dec. 21, 2015