Kim v. TWA Construction, Inc. (2022) 78 Cal.App.5th 808. In this case a licensed contractor employed an unlicensed subcontractor to do tree removal and the work was not performed properly. The court held that the bar against compensation for unlicensed work applied to the contractor here under the definition of a contractor in Business and Professions Code § 7026, because it included any subcontractor working for the contractor. The construction agreement provided for performing tree work, which included the work done by the subcontractor, which was unlicensed.
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