News from Oahi re CHI and other musings…**
DPPC undergoing province-wide changes**
Some members still not abiding by policies and procedures
By Tom Lloyd, RHI
There will be a substantial increase in the number of members on the Discipline and Professional Practices Commit t e e . The d u t i e s and
responsibilities of the DPPC will be distributed across the province. Each regional meeting group in the Association will have a minimum of
three members to a maximum of five members on the DPPC.
The Association has also approached a lawyer as well as a real estate agent to sit on the committee as stakeholders who will look at the cases from a different but equally important perspective. We feel that their input will be extremely valuable and they will be an excellent resource for us to tap into as needed.
The cases from one area will be distributed to another area for the investigation thus there can be no perceived conflict. For example, a case from the Toronto area may be sent to the Ottawa area, where three members will investigate the complaint and report their decision back to me, the Committee Chair. I will then notify both parties of the decision of either dismissing the case or proceeding forward with a hearing or whatever is the required outcome dictated by the subcommittee.
Once again many students think that it is acceptable to be performing paid home inspections. This is in contravention of the following by-law: By-law Article 3 section 3 subsection (d), “Student Members” shall be persons who have not completed qualification requirements, and are not performing inspections. Students shall comply with the regulations of the Association, and may participate in education programs of the Association according to regulations set by the Board of Directors, Students shall not hold themselves as nor make reference to any
affiliation with the OAHI.
If your true copies of reports that you send in for verification by the Report Verification Committee indicate that they have been fee paid then the DPPC has no alternative but to fine you for this infraction. It does not matter who the inspection was performed for.
“Applicant Members” who do not have logo privileges that try to skirt around the by-laws as per By-law Article 3 section 3 subsection 3) will also face disciplinary action:
Applicants are not entitled to hold themselves as Applicant Members of the Association of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, except as provided in Article 19.1©.
A number of retired members also are continuing to practice home inspections. I addressed this concern in a previous newsletter to let these members get their house in order. Apparently these members ignored the friendly warning and are in contravention of the following by-law: By-law Article 3 Section 3 Subsection (e) 1) 2) and ii) which states: “Retired Members” shall be persons who:
- have attained RHI or Associate Member status
- are not actively performing inspections.
i) Retired members may be suspended from holding themselves out as RHI or Associate Members of the Association of Home Inspectors, claiming or inferring any affiliation, participation in education programs, or change membership status, in the event of written complaints
which are not satisfactorily resolved.
Certified Home Inspector or CHI designation
A number of complaints have been launched against some members for using the term Certified Home Inspector or the CHI designation. This designation is owned in Canada by ASTTBC. They had given the rights for the usage of this designation to PACHI. When PACHI and OAHI amalgamated the rights to this were inherited by OAHI and still remain in our custody. OAHI does not use this designation as it leads to a great deal of confusion in the general public.
Although a number of the membership have bought into a mail order association who think that they can use the designation, let me assure you that they do not have the right to use it. It does not add credibility to you, in fact as the RHI designation is becoming more recognized the use of other designations is discrediting you and may damage your business.
If you are using this designation you are putting the OAHI in a compromising situation with ASTTBC, so we must discipline you under the by-laws as well as report you to ASTTBC who may exert their rights under Canadian law to seek legal action against you. This information was distributed after PACHI and OAHI amalgamated and is being reprinted now as a courtesy reminder to the members.
In closing, I would like to thank the members who have presently come forward from the various meeting groups and have expressed an interest in joining the DPPC. At present, we are still looking for additional members from the regional meeting groups across the province.
Tom Lloyd RHI, CEI,CES,WETT
Chair of the DPPC, OAHI/CAHPI Ontario
Tom Lloyd is also Vice President of OAHI/CAHPI Ontario, one of three
Ontario representatives on the CAHPI National Board, and owner of
Dakota Home Inspection Service, Oshawa, Ontario.