Page 208 of 333 TREC agenda for February 2012 Commissioner meeting.
- An inspector advised a buyer to not buy a home due to foundation and pool
- Agent advised buyer to not buy the home.
- Inspector checked roof deficient and said it was an aged metal roof on a wood shingle roof.
- Buyer bought the home and the roof leaked.
- Buyer asked for inspectors insurance. Appears to have wanted $17,000 for roof.
- Buyer filed complaint with TREC.
- Insurance company ruled condition existed before inspection. I am is unsure if they paid anything
- TREC ruled against inspector for missing a roof leak
- Inspector took it to an administrative judge
- Judge ruled in favor of inspector.
- Not sure if inspector got tagged with a deductible.
If you tell a buyer “do not buy this home” and miss something the buyer can go after your insurance and TREC can go after you.
Info is at http://www.trec.texas.gov/TrecInternet/NewsAndPublication/Meeting.aspx Upper right PDF link. Page 210.
Food for thought. Think . . . how could you avoid this?
Update: To be or not to be or was the inspector guilty and fool the judge or was the inspector innocent and get burned. Regardless, think of it from how you can learn to do a better job.