This past April (2017) the Provincial Government of Ontario passed the Putting Consumers First Act. This new law will impose new rules on Home Inspectors and Home Inspections.
Traditionally, home inspectors were not subject to provincial regulation, which meant there was no governing body overseeing inspectors and the quality of their work. Most home inspectors work hard at their jobs, making sure new home buyers are aware of any deficiencies in their new home-to-be such as roofing, heating, foundations, structure, wiring, and plumbing to name a few.
However, some inspectors did not put the required effort into their inspections. This meant important problems could be at best missed or, at worst, ignored. There was no one to whom a new homeowner could complain.
That all changes with the Putting Consumers First Act. This new law:
Adds requirements for education, experience and examinations for licensing Home Inspectors.
Provides a code of ethics for all licensed home inspectors.
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