On Sunday, May 18th, Govenor Sebelius signed HB 2315 to require registration for all home inspectors practicing in the state of Kansas. This bill establishes minimum requirements for professional home inspectors in our state. It also establishes a Kansas Home Inspector Registration Board.
Key elements of the new law include:
- As of July 1, 2009, all home inspectors working in counties with populations greater than 60,000 are required to have:
- Proof of General Liability Insurance coverage of at least $100,000.
- Proof of Errors & Omissions Insurance (or similar fiscal responsibility) of at least $10,000.
- Proof of membership in good standing in one of the nationally recognized home inspection organizations (TBD by the board by January 1, 2009).
- Have passed a proctored exam by a testing organization approved by the board.
- Obtain a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education credit each year.
- And have done one of the following options prior to May 18th, 2009:
- Completed an 80 hour classroom course on home inspections
- For inspectors operating in counties with populations of 60,000, have been in business for two years and completed 100 fee-paid inspections.
- For inspectors operating in counties with populations of less than 60,000, have been in business for two years and completed 35 fee-paid inspections.
- Inspectors working in counties of 60,000 or less have an additional 18 months to meet these qualifications (till January 1, 2011).
- Home inspectors may not limit their liability to less than $10,000. By the same token, home inspectors are not liable for damages in excess of $10,000 (unless otherwise agreed by the inspector and the person hiring the inspector – and, most likely, additional fees paid).
- Home inspectors liability extends 12 months. Any actions to recover damages from an inspector must be brought no later than 12 months from the date of inspection.
It bears repeating – this bill establishes the MINIMUM requirements for home inspectors. Does it protect the consumer? Time will tell.
There will still be a difference among inspectors – some better than others. As we’ve said in previous blogs, its important to interview your inspector. Take time to understand what he/she will do for you. Regardless of the new law, you’ll still get what you pay for, so make sure you understand what you want before you make the call to hire a home inspector. It’ll save you a lot of aggravation in the long run.