Rep. Kim Rose looking for victims of shoddy home improvements

MILFORD — Herself a victim of a slipshod home improvement job, State Rep. Kim Rose, D-Milford, is asking those who are similarly situated to trek up to Hartford on Thursday, Feb. 21, so they can tell their story of woe to the Legislature.

Rose is pushing for a bill that would require contractors to demonstrate competency before getting a license.

“The way it stands now, you or I could go in and pay our $220 to the state of Connecticut and register as a contractor and we wouldn’t have to provide any proof that we had any skill whatsoever,” she said. “We wouldn’t even have to show any knowledge of building codes.”

Rose notes that even though contractors refer to themselves as “licensed,” “in reality, they’re only registered.”

She said that real estate agents, by contrast, are required to take 60 hours of instruction before getting their licenses. A raft of other avocations, from lawyers and medical doctors to hairdressers and plumbers, must also demonstrate competency, too.

Officially, Rose’s bill is called: HB 5149: An Act Concerning Testing and Licensing of Home Improvement Contractors. It’s being considered by the General Law Committee.

“There are a number of contractors, honest contractors who know what they’re doing, who will be testifying in support of my bill,” she said.

Rose said that in her case, a “licensed” contractor botched a new roof on her Naugatuck Avenue home, and the subsequent leaks caused $40,000 in damage. Rose represents the 118th House District, although her appeal for victims of incompetent home improvement contractors need not live in the 118th, or in Milford for that matter.

She apologized for the short notice, but the hearing on her bill was just scheduled a week ago, she said. Those who are interested in testifying can contact her at 1-800-842-8267, or by email at; 203-330-6403;

John Burgeson