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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional and Occupational Licensing
Agency 15. Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors
Chapter 40. Home Inspector Licensing Regulations
9/18/2019

18VAC15-40-140. Conflict of Interest.

Part V
Standards of Conduct and Practice

A. The licensee shall not:

1. Design or perform repairs or modifications to a residential building or NRS on which he has performed a home inspection as a result of the findings of the home inspection within 12 months after the date he performed the home inspection, except in cases where the home inspector purchased the residence after he performed the home inspection;

2. Perform a home inspection of a residential building or NRS upon which he has designed or performed repairs or modifications within the preceding 12 months without disclosing to the client in the home inspection contract the specifics of the repairs or modifications he designed or performed;

3. Refer his client to another person to make repairs or modifications to a residential building or NRS on which he has performed a home inspection unless, in accordance with 18VAC15-40-120 D, he provides written documentation to his client that clearly discloses all financial interests that the licensee has or reasonably expects to have with the person who is recommended for the repairs or modifications;

4. Represent the financial interests, either personally or through his employment, of any of the parties to the transfer or sale of a residential building on which he has performed a home inspection; or

5. Perform a home inspection of a residential building or NRS under a contingent agreement whereby any compensation or future referrals are dependent on the reported findings or on the sale of the property.

B. The licensee shall not disclose any information concerning the results of the home inspection without the approval of the client for whom the home inspection was performed. However, the licensee may disclose information in situations where there is an imminent endangerment to life or health.

C. The licensee shall not accept compensation from more than one interested party for the same service on the same property without the consent of all interested parties.

D. The licensee shall not accept nor offer commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from other parties dealing with the client in connection with work for which the licensee is responsible. Additionally, the licensee shall not enter into any financial relationship with any party that may compromise the licensee's commitment to the best interest of his client.

E. The home inspection shall not be used as a pretext by the licensee to solicit or obtain work in another field, except for additional diagnostic inspections or testing.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2011; Volume 33, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2017.

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