New Home Inspector Licensing Law In New York State
Effective December 31, 2005, the State of New York Real Property Law was amended by adding a new Article 12-B, "The Home Inspection Professional Licensing Act." Licensure will be required effective December 31, 2005. Below are excerpts from this Law, follow a link below for the complete law.
§ 444-d. License requirements for home inspectors.
§ 444-e. Qualifications for licensure.
§ 444-g. Duty of care of home inspectors.
§ 444-j. Practice of architecture and professional engineering.
In order to make a wise choice when retaining services for a home inspection, consumers should consider the following:
Licensure as a registered architect or professional engineer among other requirements requires a person to have received an education, including a bachelor's or higher degree based on a program in architecture or professional engineering, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations whereas in accordance with the new law, among other requirements for licensure as a home inspector is completion of high school or its equivalent.
Licensure as a home inspector does not authorize such persons to practice engineering or architecture.
Nothing is more important than the structural integrity of a home and only a licensed professional engineer can provide an opinion of the structural integrity of a home based upon professional engineering judgments.
How can astute home buyers who want their home inspection conducted by a licensed professional engineer be assured that their inspection will in fact be conducted by a licensed professional engineer? It’s easy, ask if your home inspection report will be signed and sealed with the licensed professional engineers P.E. seal.