– State Reps. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin/Lebanon) today announced that the General Assembly has passed House Bill 21
, taking a massive step in giving homebuyers greater confidence during the homebuying process. House Bill 21 would amend Act 367 of 1945, known as the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law, to require licensure of home inspectors.
House Bill 21 would license home inspectors under the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers, set qualifications for licensure, and prohibit unlicensed individuals from conducting inspections or claiming they are licensed home inspectors. Additional consumer protections in the bill include a requirement that home inspectors notify clients of evidence of interior mold found during the inspection process.
“A home is usually the most expensive – and the most important – purchase an individual will make in his or her entire life. We have heard stories from across Pennsylvania of home inspectors who never notified prospective homebuyers of widespread internal mold,” said Helm. “As a result, these consumers were forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars remediating the mold, suffering financial devastation and risking their health. As home inspectors are not currently held to any specific standards, there is little recourse available to consumers. This legislation will set statewide standards for home inspectors and ensure that future homebuyers do not encounter these problems.”
For more information on Helm and her legislative priorities, please visit RepHelm.com
Representative Sue Helm
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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