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State: Be wary of scam contractors after storms

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The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department is warning New Mexicans who live in areas recently affected by tornadoes, to be aware of unlicensed contractors performing work without required permits.

“When hiring a contractor to complete repairs, you need to be careful not to be taken advantage by unlicensed contractors,” Marguerite Salazar, New Mexico regulation and licensing superintendent, said in a press release Thursday.

She said people should call the Department’s Construction, Industries and Manufactured Housing Division to check a contractor’s credentials and make sure the contractor has the proper permits.

The warning comes as high winds and tornadoes have left many rooftops across Chaves County damaged.

Where equipment replacement or repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, application for the appropriate permit must be made on the next working business day, either by computer or in person at one of the department’s regional offices. People can also contact the department if more time is needed, according to the release.

The New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department’s Construction, Industries and Manufactured Housing Division can be contacted online at rld.state.nm.us or by phone at each regional office: Santa Fe office – 505-476-4869; Albuquerque office – 505-222-9800; or Las Cruces office – 575-524-6320.