Home inspectors licensing bill passes House

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – An effort to provide additional protections to Pennsylvania homebuyers moved one step closer following passage of a bipartisan measure sponsored by state Reps. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, and Sue Helm, R-Dauphin.

House Bill 21 would license home inspectors under the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers, set qualifications for licensure, and prohibit unlicensed individuals from conducting inspections or claiming that they are licensed home inspectors. Additional consumer protections in the bill include a requirement that home inspectors would notify clients of evidence of interior mold found during the inspection process.

“A home is usually the most expensive – and the most important – purchase an individual will make in their entire life,” Kortz said. “We have heard stories from across Pennsylvania of home inspectors who never notified prospective homebuyers of widespread internal mold. As a result, these consumers were forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars remediating the mold, suffering financial devastation and risking their health. Our legislation will make sure that does not happen to another homebuyer, and I look forward to seeing it advance further through the legislative process.”

“The passage of House Bill 21 represents an important step forward in consumer protection during the home buying process,” Helm said. “Home inspectors are the only individuals that are unlicensed during the entire real estate transaction. Since other professionals who are prominent in the home buying process are licensed, such as real estate agents and appraisers, many consumers incorrectly assume that home inspectors are licensed, as well. I hope the Senate and the governor act quickly to add this important enhancement to the health, safety and welfare of Pennsylvania homebuyers.”

The bill, which passed the House on a 176 to 22 vote, now heads to the Senate for further consideration.