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.
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.
For more information: Home Inspector License Applications FAQ's
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.
For more information: Licensed Home Inspectors Contracts & Reports
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.
For more information: Ohio Home Inspector Board
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 home buyers, making arguably the biggest purchase of their lives, peace of mind in knowing any inspector they plan to hire is properly trained.
Standards of Practice & Canons of Ethics for Ohio Licensed Home Inspectors
Within the law requiring Ohio home inspectors to be licensed, the Ohio Legislature required the Ohio Home Inspector Board to prepare Standards of Practice & Canons of Ethics that all Ohio licensed home inspectors must follow. Below are links to the Standards of Practice rule and the Canons of Ethics rules. Make sure you review these rules as they are now effective and incorporate them into your daily home inspection practice.
Ohio Administrative Code 1301:17