Law coming to regulate Ontario’s home inspectors

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The provincial government plans to introduce legislation this fall that would regulate the province’s home inspection industry in order to better protect consumers, Minister of Government and Consumer Services Marie-France Lalonde announced.

“Our government is committed to protecting consumers, which is why introducing this proposed legislation remains a top priority for my ministry. If passed, this proposed legislation will help to build a stronger foundation for the industry and even better protect consumers throughout the home-buying process,” Lalonde said.

If passed, the proposed changes would:

  • Require home inspectors to be licensed with proper qualifications
  • Set minimum standards for contracts, home inspection reports, disclosures, and the performance of home inspections
  • Establish an independent Administrative Authority to administer and enforce the home inspection licensing legislation and associated regulations
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These changes would ensure consumers benefit from quality advice, are protected from surprise costs and aware of safety issues before buying a home. This will also create a level playing field for the home inspection industry, preventing inspectors with little or no training from competing with qualified professionals by offering lower rates.

  • Home inspectors are one of the only professionals involved in a real estate transaction who are not provincially regulated.
  • Approximately 65 per cent of resale homes sold annually receive a home inspection.
  • There are approximately 1,500 home inspectors in Ontario.
  • The proposed legislation the government intends to introduce was based on 35 recommendations made by a 16-member expert panel which were then supported by both industry and consumers. – CINEWS
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