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Changes to BC’s home inspector law comes into effect today

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{Sept. 1, 2016} VICTORIA, BC - In March 2016, the BC government announced changes to the BC Home Inspector Licensing Regulation that come into effect today, Sept. 1, 2016. These changes relate to qualifications for new home inspectors and existing licensed home inspectors and requirements for home inspection reports, contracts, records and insurance.

To help our stakeholders understand the changes happening on Sept. 1, 2016, Consumer Protection BC has created a comprehensive Home Inspection Legislation Guide. This guide is a reference point for home inspectors on the highlights in the revised Regulation that come into force on Sept. 1, 2016. This guide is not intended to provide legal advice and is by no means an exhaustive review of all the legislative provisions affecting home inspectors in BC.  

Consumer Protection BC recommends that anyone licensed and regulated under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and the Regulation obtain copies of the legislation to review in detail. Both pieces of legislation can be accessed online at www.bclaws.ca.

Consumer Protection BC performs compliance inspections of licensed businesses and individuals for all the sectors it licenses. Inspections may be random, risk-based or in response to consumer complaints. Consumer Protection BC’s Inspection Guide for home inspectors generally speaks to the inspection process followed by Consumer Protection BC.

Consumer Protection BC has other information on its website for home inspectors and consumers, including:

  • A variety of updates for existing and prospective home inspectors related to the law change. You can read those communications here.

  • Information about training and education for anyone wanting to become a home inspector in BC. You can read that information here.

  • A list of Consumer Protection BC policies related to the home inspection sector. You can view these policies here.

  • A number of helpful consumer tips which can be found on Consumer Protection BC’s website, here

All information related to home inspections in BC can be found on Consumer Protection BC’s sector-specific web portal, at www.homeinspectionrightsbc.ca

About Consumer Protection BC

Consumer Protection BC is the regulator of a variety of business sectors and specific consumer transactions in the province. Our mandate is to license and inspect our regulated businesses, respond to consumer inquiries, investigate alleged violations of consumer protection laws, classify all general release motion pictures and provide information so consumers can self-assess the fairness of a transaction. Our vision is a province where all citizens of BC are empowered in their transactions as a result of rigorous and consistent business compliance and through the provision of solution-based information.

For more information about our organization, please visit our corporate website at www.consumerprotectionbc.ca or read our 2015 Annual Report.

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