Position Statement on Regulation of Home Inspectors

ASHI strives to be the private sector source of expert information regarding all aspects of regulation of home inspectors. ASHI's Position Statement on Regulation of home inspectors is distributed to members, the profession, legislators and staffers, and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive listing of essential elements of any law purporting to protect consumer interests. It is reviewed and updated yearly.

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Existing State Home Inspector Regulatory Legislation

Study Up On Existing State Home Inspector Legislation

The American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc., recognizes that familiarity with state home inspector legislation and home inspector rules is integral. That's why the ASHI Web site is the definitive resource for inspectors, consumers, real estate professionals and the media for information, advice and resources dedicated to home inspection. You'll have a wealth of shared knowledge at your disposal, whether you're looking for specific home inspector rules or anything else. Read on for state-by-state examples or call 1-800-743-ASHI (2744) for further details.

Tennessee Licensure (2005 Public Act Chapter 65 enacted in 2006) Any person who applies for licensure as a home inspector must submit an application on a form as prescribed by the commissioner. The application shall be accompanied by the fee specified in Section 4. Applicants shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant: 1) is at least 18 years old, 2) has graduated from high sch ool or earned a general education development certificate, 3) has not been convicted of a crime that has a direct bearing on the applicant's ability to perform competently and fully as a licensed inspector, 4) is not the subject of a disciplinary or enforcement action by another state or a local jurisdiction in connection with the performance of home inspections or the licensing or certification of home inspectors, 5) has successfully completed 90 hours of a commissioner-approved training program or course of study involving the performance of home inspections and the preparation of home inspection reports, 6) has passed a commissioner-approved competency examination administered by the state or an entity selected by the state, and 7) has obtained a certificate of insurance in an amount required by the commissioner for general liability as well as errors and omission to cover all activities contemplated under this chapter.

During the first 180 days after the effective date of this act (July 1, 2006), the commissioner may issue a license to an applicant who meets the requirements stipulated in the law if the applicant furnishes evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant: 1) has been principally engaged in the performance of home inspections in this state for at least two years, and 2) has complete at least 150 home inspections for compensation in the applicant's career.

For more information contact the Home Inspector Licensing Program at 615-741-1741 or fax 615-253-1179 or e-mail Home.Inspector.Licensing@tn.gov.