Florida InterNACHI eNewsletter June 24, 2011.

Florida inspector news.

And BTW, InterNACHI’s free, online Wind Mitigation Inspection course was approved by the Construction Industry Licensing Board: http://www.nachi.org/forum/f73/great-news-florida-approved-international-association-certified-home-inspectorss-wind-mit-course-morning-61421/

What does this mean: HI does not have to comply with mold assessor license if acting within their scope of work? What can HI do and how far can they “assess”? We report “fungi” if visually found - how far do we go to find it? Sorry, but I’m still confused.

I am still confused as well!

It appears that under HB 489 Florida licensed home inspectors will be able to in the course of their home inspection perform the following:

(4)“Mold assessor” means any person who performs or directly supervises a mold assessment.

“Mold assessment” means a process performed by a mold assessor that includes the physical sampling and detailed evaluation of data obtained from a building history and inspection to formulate an initial hypothesis about the origin, identity, location, and extent of amplification of mold growth of greater than 10 square feet.

Home inspectors will not be able to present themselves or advertise any form of mold assessor without a mold assessor’s license.

What this really does is allow the Home Inspector to say the word** Mold (without having a Mold assessor’s license) and evaluate the source/s of the mold.**

Correct… and test for mold without an assessor’s license.

cool. maybe ill start lowballin mold!

Now there has to be a copy of your license on the inspection agreement? Is that correct?


Just returned from a job with a couple of FABI inspectors. They were told that can put statements about observed mold in their report but cannot do testing without a mold license by their lobbyist at the FABI conference this past weekend.

Seems the DBPR needs to make a statement concerning this.

At least with DBPR you can get a statement, not like the OIR.

Hi Nick, Bill Smith here, you might want to look into the regulations/requirorments for this group to be grandfathered in. If a test is required might be an oppurtunity here for InterNACHI again.

In a practical (applied) sense, I think that this law is written in such a manner as to preclude a home inspector using his lack of a mold assessor’s license as a legal excuse for failing to report observable mold — while, at the same time, require him to have such a license prior to advertising and contracting to specifically inspect and/or test for it.

For instance, one does not need a termite license to report an observed active infestation or damage as part of a home inspection, and would be negligent to miss it … while one does need a termite license to advertise, contract and specifically perform an inspection for termites.

In that regard, it does not appear to be too complicated.

The other difference is that a licensed mold assessor can give an all-clear after a mold remediation project.