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A regular contributor on warns that cutting corners can come back to bite you.  

"I have a master electrician who handles all of the electrical issues with my rental houses. He is licensed and insured and he pulls permits when required. My city requires permits to install an electric or gas water heater which irritates a lot of landlords here.
Last week, my electrician started telling me a story about how another landlord in my city is now in 'serious trouble' for hiring unlicensed handymen to do work (plumbing and electrical) that they were not licensed or even half-way qualified to do.

I don't have all of the details of this story since it's still unfolding. According to my electrician, the landlord allowed a handyman to live in one of his houses for reduced rent in exchange for the handyman's services. How many people on this forum have done this?
This handyman re-wired and re-plumbed the entire house and did not pull one permit.

The landlord thought he had gotten a deal of a lifetime until the city's housing code inspector got called to the scene. The handyman/resident was immediately evicted and the landlord is now in deep do-do with our city code inspectors. To make matters worse, all of the handyman's new wiring and plumbing will to have to be removed and done over with licensed contractors.

Be careful people!"

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