- Associated Press - Monday, February 22, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The state attorney general’s office says it issued violation notices against 223 home improvement contractors last year, seeking more than $2.56 million in restitution and penalties.

Officials announced Monday that 40 contractors were cited in the last three months of 2015. The contractors who allegedly performed shoddy work or failed to complete work paid for ahead of time were ordered to pay more than $320,000 in restitution.

They say that problems with home improvement projects tops the list of complaints filed with the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs.

Contractors working on projects costing more than $500 are required to provide consumers with written contracts with specific details included.

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