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Mandatory Home Inspector Licensing 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 in Rhode Island. This includes home inspectors who are already licensed in other states like Massachusetts or Connecticut.

To check a license, go to www.crb.ri.gov/ then click to link for Search Registrant and Licensee Listings on Our Online Platform in the center of the home page.(Look for the middle pink box near top of page.) Input the last name of the inspector or the company name in the box below public records and you’ll find out whether an active license exists.

Don’t risk a negligent referral claim or a buyer’s loss of deposit by recommending an inspector who is not licensed as a home inspector or associate home inspector in Rhode Island.

The Inspections Contingency of the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® purchase and sales agreements will also change on July 1st. “Licensed inspector” will replace “recognized inspector(s) or inspection company”.

Questions? For more information about the law, go to the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board web site: www.crb.ri.gov/home-inspector/ You may also contact the RIAR Legal Department at 401-432-6945 or email monica@rirealtors.org

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