Originally Posted By: loconnor
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I posted this press release in the “State Legislature” catagory. I received it from Rep. Frank Accavitti’s office.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, January 26, 2005 Contact: Lindsey WhitenightPhone: (517) 373-0854
Accavitti Reintroduces Bill to Protect Home Buyers
Bill would require state licenses for home inspectors
LANSING- State Representative Frank Accavitti, Jr. (D-Eastpointe) today reintroduced an important consumer protection bill that would regulate and require state licenses for home inspectors in Michigan.
"The actions of unscrupulous home inspectors can bury new home owners in a money pit of unanticipated repairs that should have been revealed in a properly done inspection," Accavitti said. "Without this bill, anyone can hang out a shingle and claim to be a qualified home inspector."
House Bill 4076, the Michigan Home Inspection Professional Licensing Act, would require home inspectors to obtain a professional license from the state and require them to meet minimum educational and professional standards. It also would ensure home inspectors maintain high standards of practice and ethics.
"This is a common sense bill designed to protect home buyers, especially first-time home buyers, from dishonest or unqualified home inspectors," Accavitti said, "A new home is one of the most important investments a family can make and it is crucial that the person inspecting the home is qualified and on the up-and-up."
In Michigan, there is currently no assurance that an inspector is competent in his field, experienced and ethical.
Representative Accavitti has met with many home inspectors, organizations and constituents who are eager to see this legislation introduced. These meetings led to positive changes to the original version of the bill and the HB 4076, currently introduced, is a bit different from HB 5587 of 2004. Representative Accavitti has also received positive feedback on the legislation from both sides of the aisle.
"It makes no sense that the state of Michigan requires licenses for barbers and other professions, but not for home inspectors," Accavitti said. "A person can recover pretty quickly from a bad haircut, but recovering form a bad home inspection is a much longer and more expensive problem."
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