California Home Inspector Training
Want to become a home inspector in California?
In California, there is no state licensing of home inspectors; however, there are rules as explained below. Therefore, you want to make sure you have good training to learn how to properly perform home inspections. We recommend our 60-Hour Residential Home Inspection Package which includes:
You get all of this for only $499 + $15 S&H.
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Analysis - California Home Inspector/Inspection Law/Statute – This opinion/analysis information is not to be treated as legal advice. Please contact an attorney if you have legal questions.
Some important provisions in the law found in the California home inspector law located in Division 3. Professions And Vocations Generally, Chapter 9.3, Home Inspectors, Sections 7195 et. seq. of the California Business and Professions Code as well as Chapter 9.4, Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Home Inspections of the same Division (Source: Senate Bill 258, 1996 legislative session, eff. January 1, 1997):
7195. For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
Comment: This excerpt defines a home inspection as it is typically defined.
7196.1. (b) This chapter does not apply to a registered engineer, licensed land surveyor, or licensed architect acting pursuant to his or her professional registration or license …
Comment: This excerpt explains which categories of those licensed in other occupations are exempt from this law.
7197. (a) It is an unfair business practice for a home inspector, a company that employs the inspector, or a company that is controlled by a company that also has a financial interest in a company employing a home inspector, to do any of the following:
Comment: This excerpt explains which practices are prohibited such as working on a property you are inspecting (except for home protection companies performing repairs based on a claim), inspecting a property you have a financial interest in, giving kickbacks/rewards to real estate agents and others in exchange for referrals, accepting an arrangement where the choice of the inspector or payment of the inspection fee is contingent on the report containing any predetermined content or on the close of escrow on the home. This last prohibition could be interpreted to mean that a home inspector cannot agree to wait to be paid until the house “closes” at the mortgage company.
Comments: These sections explain the conditions under which a home inspector can also conduct an energy evaluation of the home.
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