There’s good news and bad news for homebuyers who would like to see a formal licensing protocol instituted for the province’s home inspectors.
The good news is that last month MPP Han Dong (Trinity-Spadina) introduced Bill 165, a private member’s bill, entitled Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016.
The bad news is that after more than three years of study, the Ontario government is still not ready to proceed with its own legislation. Instead it has allowed the issue of regulation of home inspectors to be brought to the legislature by a private member’s bill which stands little if any chance of passage.
Buying a home is the largest investment most people will make in their lifetimes. Homebuyers are increasingly reliant on home inspectors.
In Ontario, anyone with a business card and a flashlight can be a home inspector. There is no requirement for training, competence, insurance or regulation. The current situation ultimately hurts consumer confidence and the home inspection industry as a whole.