Proposed Licensing Changes

March 25, 2013
News and Updates

Recently the Oregon Legislature submitted an amendment to SB 207 to change the way home inspectors and locksmiths are licensed.

The following is a summary by OREIA lobbyist Steve Telfer.

“The amendment is not easy to summarize, but I’ll take a stab at it. Basically it would return to the older licensing scheme where home inspectors (and locksmiths) could take out a HI “services” contractor license without having to be a residential contractor. This would reduce entry costs and to some extent bonding requirements. However to conduct home inspections the managing responsible party still must be an Oregon Certified Home Inspector.

The back story is that CCB’s budget is again under attack and many legislators are looking for ways to help new small business start-up. Craig Smith offered this idea up because SB 207 (CCB’s Housekeeping Bill) had the right relating clause and had already had a hearing.

One advantage is that current OCHI’s could, at their next renewal opt for the services license thus slightly reducing their costs.

My only real concern is that some new comers may try to get in and put out their shingle without certification. Oregon is a complaint based enforcement system. If an unscrupulous realtor suggests an unqualified home inspector and some poor consumer gets a lousy report that would go unnoticed.

I’ll be able to describe in more detail Saturday morning for those that are able to attend. If we are unsure we can remain neutral.”

The OREIA Board of Directors felt that the minimal cost savings of this amendment would be outweighed by the potential for public relations damage to the home inspection profession, and instructed Steve to represent OREIA as being in opposition to passage of this amendment. Steve testified in committee that OREIA was opposed to this amendment, but the amendment was passed by the committee anyway.


4 Comment(s)

  1. Ross Calvin

    April 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Is OREIA part of Oregon’s BCD or is it a private regulatory body.

    • Charlie Rouse

      April 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      OREIA is a professional home inspector association. It is not a regulatory entity.

      • April 28, 2013 at 8:26 am

        As usual the licensed inspectors voiced their dismay at a watered down proposal and were rejected. It seems that the State could care less about the “quality” of a home inspection, “just give me the money” seems to be their mantra – the old adage or “buyer beware” shines thru again but when the buyer shops on price alone they usually get what they pay for.

  2. Dave Mc Lean

    April 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    OREIA should be enlisting the support of the Oregon Association or Realtors. Realtors have a vested interest in assuring that their clients have proper inspections. Weakening of the HI requirements is bad for all of us. Steve Telfer’s comments suggest that a business could operate with a single certified home inspector overseeing uncertified inspectors- is that correct? If so it’s clearly a bad deal for the consumer.