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Old 11-24-2019, 03:19 PM   #21
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This might be true but, as a contractor, I don’t want to be the messenger. Property owners do have some clout at city hall. Their name is on title and they pay property taxes. Let the HO fight the fight if he’s so inclined.

I spent two days cleaning up deficiencies on a new house once. I never even thought about contacting the city or the original EC. The owner just wanted it made right.

My relationship with city hall is simple. I buy permits from them and they send out an inspector. I like to keep it that way. No room for drama.
I hear what you're saying, but life's a drama. When one contractor does a bad job, it reflects on all of us. On average, joe homeowner doesn't have a clue on what they're talking about when it comes to our trade, so letting them fight with the building department isn't fair. Buying permits is a contract with the people doing inspections, therefore, we have the right to complain if that contract isn't honored, especially in life safety situations. If someones house burns down because of an incompetent inspector, they're not going to sue the inspector, they're going to sue the contractor. Sometimes you have to speak up, or nothing changes. It might not change anything, but it doesn't hurt.
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Old 06-01-2020, 04:04 PM   #22
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I’m a retired NJ inspector. If you have a problem in NJ, you can call the DCA and file a complaint. I have seen some very bad inspectors and some that don’t the difference between MU cable and Romex
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Old 06-01-2020, 04:06 PM   #23
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I’m a retired NJ inspector. If you have a problem in NJ, you can call the DCA and file a complaint. I have seen some very bad inspectors and some that don’t the difference between MU cable and Romex
Most of the time calling the Code Assistance will clear it up without any formalities. Once you tell the inspector that Code Assistance agreed with you, they will reverse themselves as to not want to get into trouble.
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