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Legislation targets air-duct cleaning fraud

May 2, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH — Current legislation under review would give state officials more power to go after fraudulent air-duct cleaning businesses, according to the Vindy.

Senator Kevin Bacon, a Republican from the Columbus area, has put before the Senate Bill 338, which would seek to curtail businesses that promise unrealistically low prices to remove dust and dirt from air vents and duct work then con homeowners out of thousands of dollars, the article stated.

"You’ll see coupons representing that they''re going to do work for a dollar an air vent or $20 a vent. What happens when you go to the door; are they really going to charge you $20 a vent? Oftentimes, that''s a bait and switch, and the bill gets much higher," said Bacon.

"These unscrupulous contractors oftentimes won''t clean the system or will overbill customers or make misrepresentations to secure their business," Bacon added.

Bacon''s legislation would require any business providing air-duct cleaning services to be registered with the state, with documentation required showing proof of financial responsibility, work experience and past criminal convictions, the article noted.

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