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Mastec and Dish install Ring and TVs / unlicensed contractor bounty / Sub working for unlicensed contractor
June 18, 2019
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Mastec and Dish install Ring and TVs / unlicensed contractor bounty
    In regard to Dan's comment on DIY licensing..."I told the Ring rep anybody would have to be out of their [m]ind to waste time installing something that they don’t have any reoccurring revenue from."
    I noticed while browsing Amazon's website that two large companies are doing just that. MasTec and Dish Smart Home Services are installing TV's, Ring Doorbells and other electronics for consumers all across the country.
    Our industry is changing and we need to adapt to offer services even if there is no recurring revenue. Regardless, you want the client to think of your company first when considering their next project. Why not get that relationship started with something like a Ring or Nest installation. 
    In regards to licensing, we need to have an easier way to get rid of the unlicensed contractors. Perhaps the states should offer a bounty for every one turned in. 
Greg C.
    I agree that you can’t make a living installing DIY equipment that doesn’t offer you the RMR for monitoring. Some DIY systems don’t offer that opportunity for the alarm dealer, but some do. So install those systems, even though they may not be as well advertised or known to the public. Some manufacturers certainly advertise to the public and lets them know an alarm dealer is needed for the install. 
    I don’t think it wise for alarm companies to ignore the DIY market. You can incorporate the DIY equipment with professionally installed systems. The bottom line is try not to lose money on the install and get the RMR. In the long run it’s the RMR that counts. Also, keep in mind that RMR isn’t worth what you would hope unless it’s under a written contract. For the highest multiples use the Standard Form Agreements Kirschenbaum Contracts ™. When it comes to alarm contracts you don’t want to be using second best.
A bounty for turning in unlicensed alarm companies. There are complaint forms you can file. That’s a first start.
Sub working for unlicensed contractor 
    We have been doing work at a hotel for an out-of-state fire alarm contractor performing servicing and installation in Florida as their subcontractor; they are now no longer licensed in the state of Florida. Is there a way we can continue doing business under them since we have all of our licensing requirements met?
Thank you,
    You have a license and therefore you can do the work. The unlicensed company cannot contract for work in a state where it is not licensed, even if it uses a licensed subcontractor. Be careful because some states do not permit a licensed contractor to work for an unlicensed contractor. It’s called aiding and abetting an unlicensed contractor and it’s illegal. No point in the licensed company getting involved in activity that could lead to criminal prosecution and loss of its license. I can’t recall those states [I think there are about 7 of them]. Anyone know?
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