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Florida Governor Signs Legislation That Will Require the Licensing of Home Inspectors

Finally after years of trying, there is finally a law (SB 2234) that will require that home inspectors be licensed by the State of Florida. Most of the certified home inspectors that I know have long asked for such a requirement, but it never seemed to get anywhere. This year the Florida Association of REALTORsĀ® also called for the law's passage. As things are now, anyone can be a home inspector. All they need to do is get a business license and off they go. No state license, no certification, no testing, nada. I could do it. And trust me, you would not want that!

The only small bit of bad news is that the legislation will not take effect until July of 2010. The delay is to give the government time to come up with an implementation plan. Inspectors will be required to complete 120 hours of training, and pay a licensing fee. This will also give consumers another avenue to take if they believe that a home inspector has somehow wronged them.

The passage of the bill can only help consumers who often rely on the work of inspectors to inform them of the conditions of the properties that they are buying. That investment is a big one. There is no reason why the persons who work as inspectors should not have to meet specific professional requirements, just as real estate agents and many other professionals who work in Florida do.

John Elwell - REALTOR


Bill Nye Realty, Inc.


Licensed in Florida


Comment balloon 5 commentsJohn Elwell • June 28 2007 09:15PM


Thanks John, I did not hear that one.  Finally.
Posted by Highland Beach Condos David Serle, Boca Raton Agent David Serle (RE/MAX Services) over 13 years ago

Charlie has been busy since he got in office.  Getting the legislation for prpoerty tax reform, working on insurance reform, signing a law requiring mortgage brokers to abide by TILA laws, and much more.  So far much of them have been good and much needed.

By the way, you should add this to the All Things Florida group.

Posted by Jason Price (Mortgage Financial Group, Inc) over 13 years ago
Yep, I am still waiting to see some relief on the insurance front and the property tax reform will take a while before we know how that will affect us. However, I know that the certified inspectors must have been chafing for years over the fact that anyone could do the inspections. I have seen some of the uncertified ones, and there is no comparison. You get what you pay for in regard to home inspections, in my humble opinion.
Posted by John Elwell, You Deserve a Full-Time Agent, Not Reduced Results (CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago
In Indiana we finally have Licensed Home Inspector's. We have had them for a year now. What a difference. We got rid of some of the riff-raff. Now there is some legal accountability.
Posted by Chuck Dellorto, "Talk To Chuck" (Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS) over 13 years ago
Good it's about time!  They should of been required to be licensed all along.  Maybe now this will run out some of those crap inspectors we don't need!!
Posted by Becky Troutt (No longer practicing real estate as of 2008.) over 13 years ago

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