Originally Posted By: Nick Gromicko
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I am under the direction of the Code of Ethics Committee. I am requesting that the Committee issue an opinion on this. Your COE isn’t etched in stone, so if you think I’ve created a situation which isn’t directly addressed in the COE, perhaps a modification to the COE should be made.
I keep going back to #6 of COE. If we can't accept a disclosed fee in this situation where we have 9 things going for us...
1. We ask the client if they want the service.
2. We disclose to the client that we may earn a fee for arranging.
3. We don't typically (as inspectors) perform this service.
4. The service is somewhat inspection related.
5. The service could save lives or property.
6. The service (security evaluation) is given even if the client doesn't buy a monitoring contract.
7. The alarm company is discounting the price for our clients.
8. Some clients may want, expect, or need a security evaluation.
9. We are not charging our clients for it.
when can we accept a disclosed fee???????
Or put another way, since #6 permits disclosed fees, what hypothetical situation would a disclosed fee be more ethical than the one we've arranged with the security company?
Perhaps #6 should be re-visited. I don't know.
I am not on the Code of Ethics Committee, but like all members, are bound by it. Let us know.