Illinois law requires home inspectors to be licensed by the state
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[OCT. 19, 2004]
-- In an effort to provide protection to Illinois residents against
fraudulent activities in home inspections, the Illinois Department
of Financial and Professional Regulation reminds consumers that home
inspectors are required to be licensed by the state of Illinois.
"The Illinois Home Inspector License
Act was adopted to protect the public from fraudulent or incompetent
inspectors. The law requires that all licensed inspectors meet
minimum competency by completing pre-license education and
successfully passing an examination. The credentials of a home
inspector should be verified before engaging the services for a home
inspection," said D. Lorenzo Padrón, director of the Division of
Banks and Real Estate.
A home inspector is a person who
directly or indirectly performs home inspections for a fee. It is
illegal for a person, including an entity, to act, engage, develop,
practice or advertise as a home inspector without a proper license.
It is also illegal for a person to use the term "home inspector" or
any title that would create the impression that the person is
licensed. A person who violates the Home Inspector License Act is
guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and is subject to criminal
prosecution, assessment of a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000, a
temporary restraining order and permanent injunction.
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Any person wishing to obtain a home
inspector license must be at least 21 years of age, have earned a
high school diploma or GED, pass a state examination that requires
60 hours of pre-license education provided by an Illinois-approved
vendor, and submit applications and fees for licensure.
Consumers are urged to visit
www.idfpr.com to identify
inspectors licensed by the state and to check if disciplinary
actions have ever been filed against a licensee.
Consumers are also urged to report
incidences of unlicensed home inspections activities via the same
website or by calling toll-free
[News release from the Illinois
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation]