OK, so the licensing is progressing along. The statutes have been codified so a booklet will be out shortly with all the rules and regulations.
Grandfathered inspectors have until Sept. 1 to test and get their license or they must meet all the education and field training requirements.
“Newer” inspectors that didn’t meet the grandfather requirements but were inspecting prior to June 12, 2008 have until July 1, 2010 to complete their education, field training, test and get their license.
“Very New” inspectors that were not performing inspections as of June 12, 2008 must meet all the education, field training and test requirements before continuing to inspect. Effective date September 1, 2009.
So what is the twist?
Seems the State of Washington made a change to the Real Estate laws. RCW 18.235.130 regarding “Unprofessional conduct”. It is in effect now, but will affect every inspector that does not have their license on September 1, 2009. The specific item is #9 which states, “Aiding or abetting an unlicensed person to practice or operate a business or profession when a license is required”. This action would constitute Unprofessional Conduct.
In other words: AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2009: If a Real Estate Agent refers an inspector that does not have a license, they can be sanctioned and fined. If a Real Estate Agent hands out a list of say 5 names and one of them is unlicensed, they can be sanctioned and fined.
I can’t think of an Agent around that is going to refer anyone that does not have a Home Inspectors License issued by the State and risk their own Real Estate license. Can you?