Roofing company ordered to pay Kansas customers $51,000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Colorado-based roofing company and its owner have been ordered to repay nearly $51,000 to Kansas consumers, including a Johnson County homeowner.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced this week that Duran Duran Roofing, also known as All Trades Construction, and owner Luisa Duran are accused of taking down payment money but never doing the work. In one instance, they're accused of forging a customer's signature on an insurance check.

Duran Duran Roofing and Luisa Duran were also ordered to pay penalties of $80,000. Attempts to reach Duran were unsuccessful.

A new Kansas law, which will go into effect in July, requires roofing companies to register with the Attorney General before doing business. 

"There will be one central location of the Attorney General's website where Kansans can go and get a quick threshold test of whether or not the company that they are doing business with has properly registered and is at least on the list," Schmidt said. "That should be a helpful new tool."

Before hiring a roofing contractor, do a few simple steps:

-        Research the company by checking reviews on consumer websites

-        Get at least three bids in writing

-        Avoid going with door to door sales

-        Consider a trusted local company

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