LARA Issues Cease and Desist Orders Against Southeast Michigan Unlicensed Residential Builders

Orders issued against Mantua, Aluia & Associates, Inc. in Royal Oak; JD Engle Construction LLC in Livonia; and S&B Renovations and Remodeling LLC in Holly

Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)
Email: mediainfo@michigan.gov

February 27, 2019 - LARA’s Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) issued Cease and Desist Orders against three unlicensed residential builders in Southeast Michigan engaging in regulated activities. Investigations were prompted by individual complaints against each respondent, which disclosed violations of the Michigan Occupational Code.

The unlicensed residential builders are:

  • Mantua, Aluia & Associates, Inc. in Royal Oak: 1) providing residential builder services without possessing a residential builder’s license in violation of the Code, and 2) contracting with a consumer and performing residential building services regulated by the Code. The Cease and Desist Order prohibits the respondent from practicing as a residential builder without possessing a license issued by LARA.
  • JD Engle Construction LLC in Livonia: 1) engaging in, or attempting to engage in, providing residential builder services without possessing a residential builders and maintenance & alteration contractors’ license in violation of the Code, and 2) entering into an agreement with a consumer for performing residential building services regulated by the Code. The Cease and Desist Order prohibits the respondent from practicing as a residential builder without possessing a license issued by LARA.
  • S&B Renovations and Remodeling LLC in Holly: 1) contracting for residential builder services without possessing a residential builder company license in violation of the Code, and 2) contracting with a consumer to perform residential building services regulated by the Code. The Cease and Desist Order prohibits the respondent from providing residential building services without possessing a residential builder company license issued by LARA.

The Cease and Desist Orders also notified each respondent of their right to request a hearing within 30 days in response to the Order. Violations of the Occupational Code may lead to administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions, including a maximum fine of $10,000 per violation. A person not licensed under the Occupational Code as a residential builder who willfully violates the Code may be subject to criminal penalties.

"Before starting a home building project, ensure that you hire a reputable residential builder who is properly licensed with the State of Michigan,” said Bureau of Construction Codes Director Keith Lambert. “Verify their current license status and check for any consumer complaints or disciplinary action by looking it up on the LARA website or calling 517-241-9316. Homeowners should also check with their building department to determine what construction permits are required, and that the residential builder has obtained them.”

Residential builders and maintenance and alteration contractors, electricians, plumbers and mechanical contractors are licensed by LARA’s Bureau of Construction Codes and must have a license that corresponds to the work to be done. Before entering into a building or renovation project, Michigan consumers are encouraged to verify license information by going to: https://www.lara.michigan.gov/colaLicVerify/. Or contact BCC at 517-241-9316 or email at: lara-bcc-licensing@michigan.gov and the bureau can run a license check for you. Consumers are reminded that there is no replacement for their own due diligence.

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