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Home Inspectors/Contractors
Sectional Analysis for SCS CS HB 9 (L&C)
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March 27, 2003
Heather Nobrega
465-4968 (Jan-May)
269-0117 (June-Dec)

    "An Act relating to the registration of individuals who perform home inspections; relating to regulation of contractors; relating to registration fees for specialty contractors, home inspectors, and associate home inspectors; relating to home inspection requirements for residential loans purchased or approved by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; relating to civil actions by and against home inspectors and to civil actions arising from residential unit inspections; repealing a law that limits liability for damages based on a duty to inspect a residential unit to damages caused by gross negligence or intentional misconduct; and providing for an effective date."

Section 1:   Amends AS 08.01.010 [Centralized Licensing, Applicability of Chapter] to add reference to home inspectors.

Section 2:   Amends AS 08.01.065(c) [Centralized Licensing, Establishment of Fees] to add reference to new subsection in Section 3.

Section 3:   Amends AS 08.01.065 [Centralized Licensing, Establishment of Fees] to require that the fees established for AS 08.18 [Construction Contractors] so that fee levels for specialty contractors, home inspectors, and associate home inspectors shall equal total regulatory costs for these three categories. Fee for home inspector, associate home inspector, and joint license shall be the same.

Section 4:   Amends AS 08.18.011 [Construction Contractors, Registration required] to make clarifying amendments concerning contractor registration.

Section 5:   Amends AS 08.18.011 [Construction Contractors, Registration required] to require registration for home inspectors and associate home inspectors. Associate home inspector is to be employed by a registered home inspector who will be liable for the associate's work. Clarifies that an individual holding a joint registration for home inspection is considered to be registered as both a home inspector for new homes and existing homes.

Section 6:   Amends AS 08.18.021(a) [Construction Contractors, Application for registration] to insert language concerning home inspector registration and to clarify requirements for home inspectors and contractors. Corrects reference to "employer" social security number in the current statute to the "applicant's" social security number.

Section 7:   Adds new sections to AS 08.18 [Construction Contractors] as follows: Section 08.18.022. Home inspectors; associate home inspectors. Sets forth examination requirements, education and experience requirements, and application requirements for registration as a home inspector or associate home inspector. Section 08.18.023. Pre-inspection documents and inspection reports. Establishes the procedure for pre-inspection documents and inspection reports. Sets forth the items to be included in the report and requires a written report. Indicates that an oral inspection report may be given by a home inspector during or after the inspection. Sets the validity period of the inspection report at 180 days.

Section 8:   Amends AS 08.18.031(a) [Construction Contractors, Certificate of Registration] to clarify the renewal of home inspector registrations.

Section 9:   Adds new section to AS 08.18.031 [Construction Contractors, Certificate of Registration]. Sets forth the renewal procedure for a home inspector registration. Permits the Department to adopt regulations concerning continuing competency requirements. Requires at least eight hours of continuing competency activity. Indicates that regulations must provide that a continuing competency activity approved by one of the following entities satisfies the continuing competency requirements if the activity meets the Department's requirements: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, University of Alaska, American Society of Home Inspectors Alaska Chapter, a chapter of the International Conference of Building Officials Alaska, Alaska State Homebuilders Association, or a state agency whose activity meets the Department requirements.

Section 10:   Amends AS 08.18.041 [Construction Contractors, Fees] to permit the Department to establish fees for registration of home inspectors, associate home inspectors, renewal of registration, and examinations.

Section 11:   Amends AS 08.18.051(a) [Construction Contractors, Identification requirements] to clarify that this subsection applies to contractors.

Section 12:   Adds new section to AS 08.18 [Construction Contractors] to provide identification requirements for home inspectors. Includes that a home inspector or associate home inspector registered under one name may not act under another name; sets forth advertising requirements; establishes that "registered home inspector" and "home inspector" may only be used by individuals registered with the Department as a home inspector.

Section 13:   Amends AS 08.18.061 [Construction Contractors, Requirements of political subdivision] to adds reference to home inspectors.

Section 14:   Amends AS 08.18.071 [Construction Contractors, Bond required]. Adds home inspection activity to this section.

Section 15:   Amends AS 08.18.071(b) [Construction Contractors, Bond required]. Adds home inspectors to the $5,000 bond requirement. Cash deposit or other negotiable security acceptable to the commissioner may be used in lieu of bond.

Section 16:   Amends AS 08.18.081(a) [Construction Contractors, Claims against contractor]. Adds home inspector to this section.

Section 17:   Adds new section to AS 08.18 [Construction Contractors]. Legal actions against home inspector. Sets out provisions concerning legal actions against a home inspector. Actions must be commenced within two years from the date of the inspection report on new homes and one year on existing homes, unless gross negligence or intentional misconduct. Limitations of this section may not be waived by contract. An action against a home inspector or associate home inspector can only be brought by a party to the real estate transaction or one who received written permission to use the home inspection report. An action can also be brought by a person who inherited the property, if the person they inherited it from had standing to do so. Contractual provisions that purport to limit liability of home inspector to cost of home inspection report are contrary to public policy and void.

Section 18:   Amends AS 08.18.111 [Construction Contractors, Advertising bond and insurance]. Adds home inspectors to this section.

Section 19:   Amends AS 08.18.115 [Construction Contractors, Return of cash deposit]. Adds provisions for home inspector who ceases doing business to have any cash deposit in lieu of bond returned.

Section 20:   Amends AS 08.18.116 [Construction Contractors, Investigations] to provide that the Department of Community and Economic Development is the agency to investigate alleged or apparent violations against home inspectors.

Section 21:   Amends AS 08.18.117 [Construction Contractors, Issuance of citations] to provide that the Department of Community and Economic Development may issue citations for violations with regard to home inspectors.

Section 22:   Amends AS 08.18.121(a) [Construction Contractors, Suspension and revocation of registration] to add home inspector to provisions indicating that if insurance under AS 08.18.101 (worker's compensation, property and liability) is not in effect, the registration is suspended until such time the insurance is reinstated.

Section 23:   Amends AS 08.18.121(b) [Construction Contractors, Suspension and revocation of registration] to add home inspector to provisions indicating that if any final judgment impairs the liability of the surety bond or depletes any cash deposit that registration is suspended until bond liability in required amount, unimpaired by unsatisfied judgment claims, has been furnished.

Section 24:   Amends AS 08.18.121 (c) [Construction Contractors, Suspension and revocation of registration] to add home inspector to provisions indicated that if a bonding company cancels the bond, the registration shall be revoked. Registration may be regained by again complying with bonding requirements.

Section 25:   Amends AS 08.18.121(d) [Construction Contractors, Suspension and revocation of registration] to add home inspectors to the provisions concerning suspension for failure to follow 08.18.071. Further provides that if a bond is suspended three times, the commissioner may permanent revoke registration.

Section 26:   Amends AS 08.18.121(f) [Construction Contractors, Suspension and revocation of registration] to provisions concerning violations and the authority of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development with regard to home inspectors.

Section 27:   Amends AS 08.18.123 [Construction Contractors, Denial, Suspension, and Revocation of Endorsement] to add reference to home inspectors.

Section 28:   Amends AS 08.18.131 [Construction Contractors, Injunction] to add reference to civil penalty. Further adds reference to ability of Department to enjoin person who is violating home inspectors statutes from acting in that capacity.

Section 29:   Amends AS 08.18.141(a) [Violations] to include home inspector. Those violating 08.18.011 [Registration required] or 08.18.025 [Residential contractors] may be guilty of class B misdemeanor; other violations of this chapter are punishable under AS 12.

Section 30:   Amends AS 08.18.151 [Construction Contractors, Legal actions by contractor] to add reference to home inspectors.

Section 31:   Amends AS 08.18 [Construction Contractors] to add new section as follows: a. 08.18.152. Prohibited acts for home inspectors. Sets out the acts which home inspectors may not do, such as: repairs to subject property for additional fees; inspect property for a fee in which home inspector has a financial interest; offer rewards or compensation for business referrals; without written consent of client, disclose information from a home inspection report unless to a subsequent client who requests an inspection on the same premises or in a judicial action; accept compensation from more than one party for the same home inspection; accept commission; accept engagement for home inspection based on outcome of inspection report. b. 08.18.154. Limitation on home inspector's activities. Sets for limitation on activities. c. 08.18.156. Exemptions related to home inspectors. Exempts following from registering as a home inspector or associate home inspector in order to inspect a home: federal, state or local government employee performing duties within scope of office; inspecting own home or one in which person has a financial interest; registered engineer or architect who affixes seal, signs and dates the report and puts registration number on report; engineer or architect in training supervised by registered engineer or architect; pesticide applicator performing duties in scope of license issued by Department of Environmental Conservation; general contractor with residential contractor endorsement performing activities within scope of that registered; real estate appraiser performing those duties; determining if thermal and lighting energy standards are being met. Establishes that the definition of "home inspection" does not include repairing, maintaining, or installing systems or components listed in new 08.18.171(12) and inspects those systems or components in order to perform or offer repair, maintenance or installation work on those items.

Section 32:   Amends AS 08.18.161 [Construction Contractors, Exemptions] to add qualifying reference to contractors.

Section 33:   Amends AS 08.18.171 [Construction Contractors, Definitions] to add definitions for: existing home, home inspection, home inspector, joint registration, knowingly, new home, residence, and visual examination.

Section 34:   Amends AS 18.56.300(b) [Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Construction standards for housing eligible for purchase of loans] current AHFC statute requiring a home inspection before certain loan commitments are made by AHFC. Adds registered home inspectors to list of people qualified to accomplish an inspection and eliminates the distinction in current law for rural areas, thus allowing an architect, engineer, or other person approved by AHFC to qualify as a home inspector under the AHFC statute for all homes, not just those in rural areas.

Section 35:   Amends same AHFC statute described in Section 33 [Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Construction standards for housing eligible for purchase of loans], but amendment does not take effect until January 1, 2005, so is set out separately. Would eliminate persons certified by the ICBO and IAEA from being qualified to do the AHFC inspections referred to in AS 18.56.300(b) as these individuals would now be under the home inspector license requirements.

Section 36:   Amends AS 36.30.050(b) [State procurement code, Lists of contractors] to add qualifying language concerning contractors.

Section 37:   Amends AS 36.30.115(a) [State procurement code, subcontractors for construction contracts] to add clarifying references to contractors.

Section 38:   Amends AS 36.30.210 [State procurement code, Request for proposals] to add clarifying reference to contractors.

Section 39:   Amends AS 36.90.290(1) [State procurement code, definition] adds qualifying language to definition of "prime contractor".

Section 40:   Amends AS 45.50.471(b) [Competitive Practices and Regulations of Competition, unlawful acts and practices] to bring violations of 08.18.023(b) [inspection reports] and 08.18.152 [prohibited acts for home inspectors] under unfair trade practice statutes.

Section 41:   Repeals AS 18.56.300(c) [Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, construction standards for housing eligible for purchase of loans] effective July 1, 2005 (see Section 46).

Section 42:   Applicability: Change made in Section 40 applies to causes of action that accrue on or after July 1, 2005.

Section 43:   Regulations: Permits Department to proceed to adopt regulations regarding home inspectors.

Section 44:   Provides for transitional licensing.

Section 45:   Effective date for certain provisions of the legislation.

Section 46:   Section 34 effective date is January 1, 2006.

Section 47:   Sections 40 and 41 take effect July 1, 2005.

Section 48:   Immediate effective date for remainder of legislation except as provided for in sections 44-46. .

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