The Minister of Government and Consumer Services, the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, announced yesterday she will be introducing legislation that would enhance consumer protection by licensing home inspectors.
The legislation would set minimum standards for the performance of home inspections, as well as for contracts, disclosures and home inspection reports. Home inspectors would also need to be licensed in order to practice. The Minister will introduce legislation in the fall.
“Ontario’s REALTORS® want to ensure home buyers are guided by reliable, informative and professional advice when making one of the largest purchases of their lives. OREA supports regulating the province's home inspection industry in order to better protect consumers. We are pleased to see that the Ministry will be bringing this legislation forward,” said Ray Ferris, OREA President.Tweet this
As a member of the Home Inspector Qualifications Panel, OREA has been actively engaged in consultations with the Government of Ontario regarding minimum qualifications for home inspectors. The proposed legislation is based off of recommendations that came from the panel. This new legislation will be introduced this fall. OREA looks forward to working with the Ministry to pass this piece of consumer protection legislation.