Illinois law requires home inspectors to be licensed by the state     Send a link to a friend

[OCT. 19, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- 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 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 (877) 793-3470.

[News release from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation]

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