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Ontario to introduce bill that would regulate home inspectors

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2016 10:54 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Home inspectors in Ontario could soon be regulated under legislation the Liberal government intends to introduce this fall.Consumer Services Minister Marie-France Lalonde announced Wednesday that the bill would require home inspectors to be licensed, set minimum standards for contracts and home inspection reports, and establish a body to administer and enforce the licensing and regulations.“We all know that buying a home is the largest investment that many of us, many consumers, will make in their lifetime,” she said. “Consumers often rely on a home inspection report in order to make informed decisions when buying or selling a home.”The government estimates that in Ontario there are 1,500 home inspectors — one of the only professionals involved in a real estate transaction to not be provincially regulated.“This is clearly a gap in consumer protection in Ontario’s real estate sector and this can lead to serious consequences to consumers,” Lalonde said. “If potential home buyers and sellers end up getting a substandard inspection report, they’re at risk of being left with unexpected costs.”Ontario assembled a panel of industry experts in 2013 to draft a report on the issue and the panel recommended that inspectors be required to pass a written exam and a field test in order to become licensed. The panel also recommended having a single, clearly defined standard for all home inspections. Ontario to introduce bill that would regulate home inspectors

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