Difference Between Plumbers and Home Improvement Contractors Licensing Requirements

The Court in Matter of Migdal Plumbing & Heating Corp. (Dakar Developers) (232 AD2d 62 1st Dept 1997) in deciding a dispute between a general contractor and a plumber, distinguished between the licensing requirements for plumbers and those governing home improvement contractors. "The latter constitute a consumer-oriented policy specifically enacted to protect tenants and home owners against abuses and fraudulent practices by home improvement contractors." (Matter of Migdal Plumbing & Heating Corp. [Dakar Developers], 232 AD2d 62, 65, supra.)