A relative (who is 65 yrs old) call me regarding their home as it was to be re-inspected. Nervous and concerned of the horror stories that are being told of rate increases, they asked me to be there (one reason I couldn’t attend the Melbourne meeting). So I was there and here is what happen.
A young man arrived and said he was to inspect the house. No ID presented and off he went to start taking pics. I just followed and watched. After taking the elevation pics he pulled out an extension pole attached the camera and started shooting pics of the roof. Then he took his metal detector stuck it in one place of the wall and took a pic of it. I then asked what is that, he said I looking for rebar. I said shouldn’t you scan the wall, oh no he says the older homes (home is in the HVHZ) don’t have rebar. I asked are you familar with the SFBC, he seems stunned and answers no. At that point I went inside got the letter from Citizens and presented it to him and read the section regarding a license person and presenting ID. Oh you want to see my ID he says with the lack of cockyness that was present. I said, hey I did not write the letter, so yes. He goes back to his car (not a truck) and takes about five minutes to produce an ID with his pic, from one of the 3 companies doing reinspections. At that time we take pics of his ID, so now it hits the fan. He gets on the cell and the guy with the licenses shows up to advise me that this young fellow is helping him. The ID was a fraud, the kid was never trained thru the correct process and how many home owners have been screwed by this type of scam.
No I will not report or pursue this, I spoke of this at the Sept 2010 OIR meeting because it had happen before regardig a claim of too much rust on straps, and 8d nails that where not found because it was easier to take the pics of stables and not go into the attic. I will not put my relatives in the cross fire of retaliation, since the scammers know their address. The job to police the re-inspection belongs to who? Who will present the OIR with the report which requires stats, research, and auditing to show the inaccurate re-inspection reports?
The same scammers that screwed things up for everyone are now the re-inpectors. Now the homeowners are paying big for this re-inspection program. Thank you to our legislative branch who’s purpose is to be protecting the people.