I talked to the Department of Agriculture today. There had been notice put out that many inspectors have a limitation of liability in their contracts that limit the amount of a claim to the actual price of the inspection.
The State of Washington in it’s infinite wisdom has determined that this limitation of liability is a violation of State law regarding the required Bond, E&O or funding used to obtain a Structural Pest Inspector’s license.
The SPI license is required for inspecting any real property, whether it is a SFR, duplex, four-plex, warehouse, restaurant or whatever when it is involved in a real estate transaction or possible real estate transaction. This is not meant to say that the SPI portion cannot be farmed out, which has already been determined as allowable.
The Department of Agriculture has attorneys working on language that can be added to your contract to allow the limitation of liability to remain in force for all portions of your inspection, except those covered by the SPI law in the Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Code.
More news to follow as it becomes available. :shock: