Beware! Florida homeowners plagued by free-roof insurance scam
Sunshine state homeowners should be wary, as a recent trend in the northern part of Florida has seen a small number of roofers and attorneys use assignment-of-benefits (AOB) clauses in homeowners' insurance policies to sue insurance companies for more than the actual cost of repair or, in some cases, for non-existent damage.
Shannon Nelson, communications coordinator for the Better Business Bureau's Northeast Florida and Southeast Atlantic region, has stated that This is an opportunity for insurance companies, state agencies, non-profits and the media to work together to educate Florida consumers about how to properly hire a contractor and what their rights are as a consumer and what their responsibilities are as a homeowner.
Before you hire a roofing contractor, make sure you research the contractor's track record with the Better Business Bureau and make sure the contractor provides accurate contact information in case there is an issue with their work.