“Our focus is on the unethical practices undertaken by certain third-party contractors and installers, who typically prey on senior citizens and low-income residents. Be assured that law enforcement and other agencies that are investigating these cases are working to relieve residents of economic responsibility without damage to their credit. And, they are planning to take action.
For example, at one of the workshops we heard from an attorney for Central California Legal Services, who said her agency has seen a spike in calls from communities, including Parlier and Fresno. She shared this story: a door-to-door salesman told an elderly, Spanish-speaking gentleman that he was eligible for free solar panels. The salesman told the gentleman that he needed to sign on a computer tablet so they could inspect his roof – what he really unknowingly signed was a contract.
CCLS was able to get him out of the contract without harming his credit, plus a $900 reimbursement. But, without help, the gentleman would have been responsible for payments over 25 years totaling $35,000.”
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