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(April 27, 2004) – More than 400 Illinois REALTORS? recently lobbied at the state capitol in Springfield for a number of laws affecting homeowners, including the Residential Inspection Ordinance Act (S.B. 3150). This bill would require the consent of the owner and occupant of a property before an inspection. It also would permit municipalities to refuse to issue transfer stamps if a required inspection was not completed.
About 150 Illinois municipalities have government-mandated inspections, according to Julie Sullivan, assistant director of governmental affairs at the Illinois Association of REALTORS?. The group doesn't object to inspections for health and safety violations, but Sullivan says inconsistent inspection standards have held up sales.
"We have heard horror stories about inspectors objecting to hanger marks in the closet," Sullivan says. "That's not a safety issue." Sullivan expects the bill to be voted on by the end of May.
By Jane Adler for REALTOR? Magazine Online