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Home Inspector Program Overview

  • Senate Bill 255 was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2019, creating the Home Inspector Program, to be headed up by the Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing.
  • Part of the new program establishes home inspector licensure in Ohio, adding a crucial layer of regulation previously missing from the home buying process.
  • Beginning Nov. 1, 2019, any person performing a home inspection for a client, for compensation, must be actively licensed with the Division
  • Once all members of the Ohio Home Inspector Board (OHIB) are appointed, existing Ohio home inspectors may apply for a “grandfathered” license. That window of opportunity will remain open for 120 days. A date certain will be published once the last appointment is made to the OHIB.
  • The responsibilities of regulating the home inspector industry include:
    • Adopting rules, including a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, which guide licensees’ delivery of services;
    • Determining the education and experience required for obtaining a home inspector license;
    • Determining and monitoring continuing education requirements;
    • Approving both pre-licensing and continuing education curricula and providers;
    • Administering the duties and operation of the Ohio Home Inspector Board;
    • Administering enforcement duties including investigation of complaints against licensed home inspectors; and
    • Investigating allegations of unlicensed activity.

Home Inspector Program – Things to Know

  • Requires licensure for individuals wishing to perform home inspections in Ohio.
    • It also lays out certain requirements that Ohio-licensed home inspectors will have to follow, such as: having a written contract between the licensee and the client before work is performed, requiring that a written report of the home inspection be provided, having a records retention of five years for certain documentation, etc.
  • Creates the Ohio Home Inspector Board (OHIB).
    • This board will exist within the Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing to regulate the licensure and performance of home inspectors. The seven-member board will be required to adopt rules related to standards for conducting home inspections, education and experience requirements, prohibitions against conflicts of interest, etc. Disciplinary hearings and appeals of Superintendent decisions fall under the authority of this board. Five members will be Ohio-licensed home inspectors appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine. The two remaining members are both consumer advocates; one appointed by the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, the other by the Ohio Senate President.
  • Requires real estate professionals to provide the names of at least three licensed home inspectors.
    • The bill also requires a real estate broker or salesperson who provides the name of a home inspector to a purchaser or seller of real estate to provide the names of at least three licensed home inspectors.
  • Creates the Home Inspection Recovery Fund.
    • This is for the purpose of satisfying certain judgments against a licensed home inspector when the judgment creditor has exhausted other avenues for recovery.
  • Ohio is the 34th state to have a program in place regulating home inspectors.
  • Overall, this program aims to give potential homebuyers, making arguably the biggest purchase of their lives, peace of mind in knowing any inspector they plan to hire is properly trained.

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