Ontario passed legislation today that will strengthen consumer protection by introducing new rules for home inspections.
The Putting Consumers First Act will:
- Regulate the home inspection industry through mandatory licensing and proper qualifications for home inspectors, as well as minimum standards for contracts, home inspection reports, disclosures and the performance of home inspections.
Strengthening consumer protection is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Home inspectors are one of the only professionals involved in a real estate transaction that are not currently provincially regulated.
- The proposed legislation to regulate home inspectors was based on 35 recommendations made by a 16-member expert panel, which were supported by both industry and consumers.
The ministry is seeking input on a proposal for legislation that would establish mandatory qualifications for home inspectors.
Currently anyone in Ontario can call themselves a home inspector. Many consumers depend on the opinions of their home inspector to make what is often the largest purchase decision of their lifetime.
In order to improve consumer protection in this important part of the home buying process, the Ministry of Consumer Services is consulting on a panel’s findings and recommendations to introduce mandatory qualifications for home inspectors.
The panel was established by the Ministry of Consumer Services and met for four months to discuss issues, consider options, and make recommendations on qualifications of home inspectors.
The panel has made thirty-five recommendations in five areas:
– regulation of home inspectors
– technical standards for home inspectors
– professional home inspector qualifications
– consumer protection requirements
– regulatory governance for Ontario’s home inspection industry
The Ministry of Consumer Services is now collecting public comments on the panel’s recommendations. The panel’s report with the recommendations is attached here and the ministry welcomes feedback and encourages anyone interested to provide comments.
The panel’s report and any public feedback the ministry receives will guide the government as it considers whether to bring forward legislation to establish qualifications for home inspectors.
Source: Ministry of Consumer Services