Bill Favors Real Estate Business Over Home Inspectors

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The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill to give the real estate business oversight over home inspectors in Mississippi.

Home inspectors tell The Clarion-Ledger that would put the people most interested in selling homes in charge of regulating and licensing those who are supposed to warn consumers away from houses with major problems.

Supporters say the move probably will be temporary, and the current government regulation is a mess that must be fixed fast. The board supposed to hear complaints about home inspections and purchases last met in 2010, and its members have quit.

Senate Bill 2698 is pending in the House. It would abolish the state Home Inspectors Board created in 2001, and place licensing and regulation of home inspectors under the state Real Estate Commission.