New Jersey officials have issued violation notices to 44 home improvement contractors that the agency found to be non-compliant and unregistered.

The Division of Consumer affairs is seeking $195,000 in civil penalties from the contractors.

The investigation was based on complaints and referrals from consumers across the state.

Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says the division receives more complaints about home improvement contractors than any other category.

Chiesa says four of the contractors face sanctions for allegedly failing to perform work after accepting customer deposits totaling $3,400.

Forty of the contractors allegedly performed or solicited home repairs without properly registering with division. The contractors can challenge the violations.

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