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Can subcontractor work for unlicensed alarm co / ISC  meetings
April 10, 2024
Can subcontractor work for unlicensed alarm co
         I have a company from another state that is asking if we could install camera systems to their restaurant clients in Florida for them.  This chain of restaurants is located throughout the U.S.  They would provide us with the cameras, and NVR’s, and requested us to provide the wiring or put the new camera system on existing wires for them and hook everything up.
     We have an EF License and told this company that we believe that we would be in violation of hiring unlicensed contractor laws in Florida and could be fined and could possibly lose our license.
     This company would like to hire us as a sub-contractor.
    Can you review whether doing this for a company out of state and holds no license in Florida can jeopardize my license.
    We are one of your clients and use all your contracts for our business.
 Thanks so much for answering this.
            The question is, can an alarm company properly licensed accept a subcontract to install alarm system from an unlicensed alarm company. 
            I think you can accept the subcontract.  There are states where a central station commits a crime [as in violates a criminal law] by monitoring accounts for unlicensed alarm companies, so it might be prudent to check your specific state.  But the licensed company is only doing what it is licensed to do; it certainly could have entered into a contract with the customer for the installation.  It shouldn’t make a difference if the hiring party is an out of state contractor. 
            I suppose the licensing agency could interpret this as aiding and abetting an unlicensed contractor engage in licensed activities.  This might be more likely if the practice is pervasive, as opposed to a few chain restaurant installations, or if the out of state unlicensed contractor then contracts with the customers for monitoring and service, also licensed activities.  But that is because the unlicensed contractor is now engaging in licensed activities directly with the customer.  The unlicensed contractor in a foreign state could possibly be charged with unlicensed activity in the state by engaging subcontractors, but not as likely the subcontractor will be charge with unlicensed activities or aiding another.  [last I heard there were 7 states that had laws criminalizing aiding and abetting unlicensed activity in the state - anyone wants to comment let us know]. 
            A subcontractor needs to be mindful that no alarm/security work should be engaged in without a proper contract.  Subcontractors rarely see the contract between the company hiring them and the customer, though almost all subcontracts state that such contract exists and is incorporated.  You need contractual protection as a subcontractor so that you don’t get sued [and lose] whenever there is a loss on a system you installed.
            K&K offers the best contracts between alarm company and customer.  K&K also has contracts between hiring company and subcontractor.  In fact, if you look at the many contracts and forms available on the K&K website you will find every contract and form you will need to engage in the alarm, integration, security business with the best contractual protection available.

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