This may not make you happy, but I have run into the same but I took
pictures with my digital camera and sent them to the state inspection
department to have them quite in dealing with the public and not having a
license and insurance only to find out later they were connected to a
In Texas if they are with a apartment maintenance they are legal. The only
way they can get into trouble if they are caught doing work off the
Not too long ago I went to a review of the state codes and learned that
Texas does not have a
statue of limitations on side work. So if someone did some side work and 20
years down the road something goes wrong and lets say there had been a fire
and the city also finds that a permit had not been pulled the insurance
company does not have to pay.
This is why I inform my friends to get a license contractor to do the work
or even those who want to try to save money is to go down to the city hall
to get a home owners permit. At least the city inspector will come by and
check the work to be safe.
Note: I do not mind in home owners trying to do work themselves because most
of the time they have to pay extra to a contractor to fix their work. :-)
And times are changing. You are now seeing quite a few cities in Texas that
wants a copy of a heat load before you can replace a existing condensing
unit or furnace and installing a new system to get a permit.
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