Licence suspended for Vanderhoof home inspector

Consumer Protection BC: We received a complaint and we took this immediate licensing action in the public interest.

Consumer Protection BC has suspended the licence of Gary Albert Hawrys, operator of Points North Home Inspections, a home inspector based in Vanderhoof, B.C.

“As this is currently an open investigation, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific details at this time,” says Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith, spokesperson for Consumer Protection BC. “What I can share is that we received a complaint and based on the information we received, we took this immediate licensing action as it was considered to be in the public interest.”

By law, the business owner has 30 days to request a reconsideration of this decision.

On March 14, Hawrys was charged for mischief, under the guidelines for obstructing the lawful use and enjoyment of property.

As review of his license continues, Hawrys states he has no comment on the suspension.

Last week, the B.C government announced new requirements for home inspectors to take effect on Sept. 1.

The new rules require that:

* Home inspection contracts must described in advance what will be covered in an inspection.

* Contractual terms that limit home inspectors’ liability will be prohibited.

* New business record-keeping requirements will be put in place for home inspectors.

* Home inspectors will be required to have valid professional and general liability insurance.

In 2013, the provincial government invited public input on an improved regulatory model for home inspectors. The resulting changes are based on public input, as well as research and consultation with home inspector associations and home inspectors, Consumer Protection BC and other stakeholders.

The Province will also undertake a comprehensive review of the qualifications required to perform home inspections and develop new, more rigorous training and examination requirements for those wishing to become home inspectors.

This review will help develop a single occupational standard for all B.C. home inspectors. Results are expected to be in place in 2017.

– with files from Consumer Protection BC and Province of B.C.