MCCARTHY-ZICKUS-CURRY,JULIE-MILLER-NOVAK, WOJCIK AND HOLBROOK.
HOME INSPECTOR LICENSE ACT
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Creates the Home Inspector Licensing Act. Requires a person to
possess a home inspector's license in order to inspect a home,
advertise or hold himself or herself out as a home inspector, provide
inspection reports, or advise a homeowner with regard to a home
inspection. Creates criminal penalties for violation of this Act.
Sets out guidelines for application and renewal of a Home Inspector's
license. Requires licensure of home inspection education providers
and approval of courses. Creates the Home Inspector Administration
Fund. Creates a Home Inspector Advisory Board. Amends the Regulatory
Sunset Act and the State Finance Act. Effective immediately.
FISCAL NOTE (Office of Banks and Real Estate)
Projected costs associated with the new licensing program
for FY03 are $201,838, and for FY04 are $213,533. Licensing
would start effective 1/1/03. An estimated 1,000 home inspec-
tors would be licensed. A separate fund would be established.
Start-up funding would come from a transfer of $150,000 from
the Real Estate License Administration Fund on 7/1/02 with
payback in succeeding years. There would be a one-time estab-
lishment fee of $150 per each new license. Licenses would be
for 2-year terms with a fee of $250 per year.
HOME RULE NOTE (Dept. of Commerce & Community Affairs)
HB1805 contains language stating that pursuant to Article VII,
Section 6, subsection (h) of the Illinois Constitution of 1970,
any power or function set forth by the Home Inspector Licensing
Act is an exclusive State power or function and shall not be
exercised concurrently, either directly or indirectly, by any
unit of local government. Therefore, in the opinion of DCCA,
HB1805 pre-empts home rule authority.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Redefines "home inspection" and "residential real property".
Defines "person". Changes the list of persons exempted from the
licensure requirements of the Act. Requires an entity to obtain a
license if it acts as or uses the title of home inspector. Provides
that a person who practiced as a home inspector prior to the effective
date of this Act may take the examination without having successfully
completed the required classroom hours provided that he or she meets
the list of requirements. Adds to the grounds for disciplinary
action. Provides for the renewal of home inspector licenses for
entities. Makes other changes.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 92-0239
Last action date: AUG-03-2001
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 0
END OF INQUIRY
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