Originally Posted By: Jim Russell
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Candidates and members of Associatons and Societies are probably in violation of the Public Trust.
Societies and Associations reqire candidates and members to send in confidential information from fee paid inspections to meet membership requirements.
Distribution of confidential information to a third party without the client's consent is a violation of ethics, breech of contract, violation of Fair Information Practices and could lead to Identity Theft.
Candidates and Members of trade associaions and societies nationwide have admitted that they have submitted confidential information to third parties without their client's consent.
Inspectors applying for ASHI membership have submitted 50 items of confidential information without approval from their clients.
ASHI members nationwide have admitted violating this bond of trust with at least 250 clients.
Where does this data go?
Who stores the data?
Who protects the client's information from being distributed to other parties?
Every client whose information has been distributed to a trade association
or society should get their money back.
Steps are being taken to file a Class Action Suit that may also implicate real estate agents who have recommended the inspectors who are in violation of the public trust and breech of contract.
What is the significance of being a member of a trade association or society that does not supervise a single inspector, does not check information submitted for membership for authenticity or accuracy, and encourages unschooled and untrained individuals to perform 250 fee paid inspections to gain membership? Yet they still require the data be sent in.
How much are you being quoted for E&O Insurance?
Why are insurance companies backing away from insuring home inspectors?
Could it be because Associations and Societies encourage unschooled and untrained inspectors to do 250 fee paid inspections?
It is the responsibility of every business to guard and protect the confidential information of our customers. Frivolous distribution of confidential information to third parties may be a crime.
Citizens for Fair Information Practices recommend that every real estate agent nationwide cease doing business with any unethical inspector. It is also recommended to all real estate agents that they contact their inspectors and insist that they deliver a list of any and all clients whose contracts have been breeched so refunds can be arranged for any fees charged.