Renter/tenant statements... include them in the report?

Originally Posted By: kshepard
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Renters often have an interest in not seeing a sale completed but sometimes they are the only ones in a position to know about things such as excessive structure movement in high winds (actual statement “water sloshes out of the toilet upstairs”. icon_rolleyes.gif I mentioned it in the report prefaced with “tenent states…”.


Any comments on handling renter/tennant statements?


Originally Posted By: bking
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I would think we would be required ethically to report statements made, but only as you did, tenant states:


Just like seller that says roof is only 5 years old, put their name in the report and what they disclosed.


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Originally Posted By: gbeaumont
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Originally Posted By: jpope
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Quote:
I. A home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection and not the determination of future conditions.

II. A home inspection will not reveal every problem that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection


My opinion? Use the information as a reason to inspect the item more carefully.

Disclosure laws vary from state to state. If the seller makes these statements, they should be telling their agent instead.


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Originally Posted By: gporter
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I sometimes included their statements



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Originally Posted By: jwilliams4
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If you used the tenant’s statement and it had an impact on the report,


where would you be if the tenant denied it later? I like what Jeff said,

"use the information as a reason to inspect the item more carefully."

It is a visual inspection and if you don't see it, you don't say it.


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Originally Posted By: bking
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One approach would be to get the name and phone number of the tenant and state in the report that client should contact this person for possible important information pertaining to the inspection that could not be verified by the inspection process. They will call you first and ask you what was said, then you simply tell them.



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Originally Posted By: kshepard
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In retrospect, I think that unless I find a condition for which I cannot find a source and for which a tenant’s/occupant’s explanation provides a plausible explanation, I won’t mention tenant statements unless they represent plausible serious or dangerous defects.


Either way I’m going to add a disclaimer when I can’t verify something at the inspection.