In the wake of hurricane Sandy the City of Long Beach waved all the rules for contractors. Contractors did not need to be licensed by the city but they still need to be licensed, which didn't stop many illegal contractors or handymen from making big money Illegal contractors undercut licensed contractors because they have no insurance costs to cover. Even now after a month and half illegal contractors still work repairing houses and taking away money from licensed contractors who have a higher overhead to cover. When you call the city to complain they will tell you they are sending someone out but by the time they get to them it could be days and the job is done, or the city never shows up, The practice of illegal contracting has been going on in this city for along time, and until the city really gets serious about this problem, it will never go away. Would you go to someone walking down the street just because they had a scapulae in their hand and said they were a Doctor?