Monday, February 3, 2014

Regulations coming for Ontario Home Inspectors

Ontario Realtors want to see the home inspection industry in the province regulated, and they are working with the Ministry of Consumer Services to make it happen. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) backed the government’s efforts to enhance consumer protection today by responding to, “A Closer Look: Qualifying Ontario’s Home Inspectors,” an independent findings report that recommends regulation of the home inspection industry. Today is the final day for public review and feedback on the report. 

“For prospective buyers, the information disclosed in a home inspection may influence their decision to buy a home,” says Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “Professionals with this much influence should be licensed and have proper training.”

Currently in Ontario, anyone can call themselves a home inspector. In October 2012, The Minister of Consumer Services, the Honourable Tracy MacCharles, committed to working with home inspection associations, consumer advocates, and real estate industry representatives on mandatory qualifications for home inspectors to enhance consumer protection. In August 2013, the Minister asked a volunteer panel of experts to review home inspector qualifications in Ontario. The panel developed a report with 35 recommendations for the home inspection industry.

“One of our main recommendations is to establish parameters for licensing the industry,” says Johnmark Roberts, the panel’s Realtor representative. “Regulating the industry will help ensure homebuyers and sellers receive reliable, informative and professional advice when making one of the largest decisions of their lives. We are proud to work with Minister MacCharles and her government to regulate the home inspection industry and enhance consumer protection.”

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