May 22, 2018

Real Estate to Gain Home Inspector Oversight in Miss.?

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Real Estate to Gain Home Inspector Oversight in Miss.?

In Mississippi, a bill is moving through the state legislature that would give the real estate industry sole oversight over home inspectors. The bill has already passed the Senate unanimously and is pending in the House. 

“Those most interested in home sales going through would be regulating and licensing those who are supposed to warn consumers to walk away from a sale if they find major problems,” reports The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) about concerns expressed over the bill. 

Mississippi’s government regulation of its home-inspection industry reportedly is in shambles with consumer complaints about home inspections rising but being ignored. The Home Inspector Board in the state, which is charged with handling the complaints and regulating the industry, hasn’t met since 2010 and its members have quit, The Clarion-Ledger reports. 

The bill proposes abolishing the Home Inspectors Board and moving the licensing and regulation of home inspectors under the state Real Estate Commission. 

“We have to do something,” says Sen. Gary Jackson, R-French Camp, the bill’s author. “It may not be the best solution, and I can see the fox-henhouse questions. But something had to be done, and we welcome input from home inspectors to come up with other solutions.”

The state has some of the most stringent requirements for home inspectors in the nation. In Mississippi, home inspectors must be licensed home contractors and “code certified” in at least one field. The requirements are tougher than they are for those who build houses, and the stringent regulations have severely limited the number of licensed home inspectors in the state, reports The Clarion-Ledger.

Source: “Bill Would Turn Over Home Inspection Oversight to Real Estate Industry,” The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (Feb. 16, 2013)