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Evanston man loses $100K to contractor he thought had been vetted by HomeAdvisor

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An Evanston man lost nearly $100,000 to a contractor he thought had been thoroughly vetted.

Their commercials state, "count on HomeAdvisor to find the best plumber, electricians, handymen and more to get the job right. "HomeAdvisor, a prescreening service that connects homeowners with contractors, referred Khan to a local company that employed Landis Beckett.

As stated in their contract, they screen companies and their owners. "I was completely disappointed," Khan told the I-Team. His attorney Karl Leinberger, filed a lawsuit against Beckett, HomeAdvisor, the company HomeAdvisor recommended and Beckett's own company. "It's a very limited search and you wouldn't get that impression from their advertising," said Leinberger. The lawsuit claims HomeAdvisor's advertising is misleading, stating on their website they are "one of the industry's most comprehensive screening processes" which "gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you hired a pro you can trust". Beckett was never vetted by HomeAdvisor because he doesn't own the company HomeAdvisor recommended. Beckett has been found guilty or pleaded guilty to home repair fraud, deception and breach of contract over the past 10 years. HomeAdvisor told the I-Team, "We are committed to creating a good experience for homeowners looking to find and hire service pros.

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