Collaborative Opposition to SB2403: Relating to Home Inspectors

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We are writing as a collective group of professional home inspectors, realtors, real estate professionals, and concerned citizens to express our opposition to and deep concern regarding bill SB2403: Relating to Home Inspectors. The manner that this bill is written is unethical, biased, and would have profound negative impact on our industry as a whole.

We urge you, in the strongest terms, to please ensure that this bill does not pass into law. Under the current writing, the potential ramifications would be a disservice to homeowners and homebuyers in each of the districts that we serve.

The bill would, if passed, provide substantial power to an organization, Hawaii Association of Home Inspectors (HAHI), that is not nationally accredited, not proven, not regulated, not well represented (currently serving only 4 members) and immature in existence.  It provides significant power to this association for accreditation, for which the standards, content, and answers have not been proven.

Collectively, we have been in conversation with many inspectors, real estate agents, real estate professionals, and citizens of Hawaii who are uniformly in opposition to this bill. None, so far as we are aware, were given the courtesy of being informed about this bill that would deeply affect our industry, much less consulted for input on the regulations proposed.

While we understand the value in uniform standards of practice, the way SB2403: Relating to Home Inspectors is being represented would have an overwhelmingly negative impact on all professionals in the home inspection and real estate industries.  It would place too much power in the hands of one unproven, untested organization with a clear conflict of interest.

In closing, we urge our state legislators again to ensure that this biased and unethical bill does not pass into law.



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