When we search for a company to make any changes in our home, we find many alternatives, and we choose the best one, after comparing. This sounds very simple, but most clients do not think of what consequences this decision could have. Ask the question: Do we really know what we are getting into?
A typical case is when a neighbour calls to inform the police or Town Hall because the workers are a nuisance (making too much noise etc). Usually, this complaint is followed by an Inspection, to clarify the situation (are the appropriate building license, working permits etc in place?), and to see if illegal workers are being used. If any faults are found, the job can be stopped until all the paperwork is in order.
The job can be delayed and heavy fines could be levied against those responsible and this can include the property owner. Another scenario, which can be very serious, is if an accident or fatality occurs on site.
Anyone who supports an illegal business has to be aware of the consequences. When inspections are made, and these are more often than thought, there is no protection by pleading ignorance; you have to accept your responsibilities. For this reason, what seems to be a cheap deal can prove very expensive in the long-run.
Any company needs to have all the paperwork in place, and this means all workers should have their social security and taxes paid, and have no open debts with »hacienda« or »social security«.
There are many companies that work “cash in hand” but of course, no guarantees can be offered this way. One man team’s also known as Freelance workers should have their so called »Autónomo« payment up to date.