Improved home inspector standards better protect consumers
VICTORIA - Today, Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced that the Province will improve home inspector licensing requirements by creating a common professional standard for home inspectors.
The move fulfils government’s commitment to streamline the process for home inspectors who are currently governed by four different associations, each with its own requirements.
A common professional standard will ensure homebuyers benefit from a more standardized approach to home inspections. The Province will enhance Consumer Protection BC’s role in licensing home inspectors by:
- setting new education and training requirements;
- establishing standard testing and evaluation;
- implementing provincial inspection standards and a common code of ethics; and
- taking on an expanded compliance and enforcement role.
This new approach follows consultations with both consumers and industry stakeholders. The Province will work to have the new standards in place by the end of 2015.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing -
“Consumers deserve a rigorous, reliable home inspection industry. We want to ensure homebuyers have every possible confidence that their home inspector is qualified to help them with what is often the largest investment they will make.”
Rob Gialloreto, president and CEO of Consumer Protection BC -
“Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases a person will make. We fully support the provincial government’s commitment to enhancing protection for consumers when it comes to home inspections and we applaud their continued leadership in this area.”
- In June 2013, Premier Christy Clark’s mandate letter to Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman directed him to strengthen home inspector accreditation to better protect homebuyers.
- In 2009, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to require licensing of home inspectors.
- B.C. and Alberta are the only two provinces that regulate home inspectors in Canada.
- There are approximately 440 licensed home inspectors in B.C.
- People thinking about buying a home often hire a home inspector to do a visual inspection first to help identify signs and symptoms of any major structural issues.
Find a licensed home inspector: http://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/consumers-home-inspections/confirm-an-inspectors-license
Results of Public Consultation:http://www2.gov.bc.ca/local/haveyoursay/Docs/home_inspector_licensing_consult_report.pdf
Consumer Protection BC: http://www.homeinspectionrightsbc.ca
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
and Responsible for Housing