Home Inspectors Must Be Licensed by  July 1, 2020

Is “your” home inspector licensed?   Starting on July 1, 2020,  anyone who conducts a home inspection for a home or other residential property located in Rhode Island must be licensed as a home inspector or associate home inspector.  This includes home inspectors who are already licensed in other states like Massachusetts or Connecticut.  As a reminder, the original deadline of April 1st and extended deadline of May 1st have been extended.

If you refer a home inspector or provide a list of multiple inspectors to consumers, make sure that the inspector is licensed in Rhode Island.  To check a license, use this link and select “home inspector” or “home inspector associate” from the drop-down menu.   Don’t risk a negligent referral claim by recommending an inspector who is not licensed as a home inspector or associate home inspector in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®  has replaced “recognized inspector(s) or inspection company” with “licensed inspector” in the Inspection Contingency of RIAR Purchase and Sales Agreements.  These changes have been sent to all forms vendors, and will go live on July 1st.   Once enforcement of the law begins, a buyer risks forfeiting his/her deposit if the buyer wishes to terminate a transaction based on an inspection report that is conducted by an unlicensed inspector.

Questions?  For more information about the law, go to the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board web site:   You may also contact the RIAR Legal Department at 401-432-6945 or email





Rev. 4-15-20






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