By: Senator Newbill of the 56th

To amend Chapter 3 of Title 8 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to housing generally, so as to require home inspectors to provide written documents containing certain information with regard to inspection; to provide definitions; to provide for penalties; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


SECTION 1. Chapter 3 of Title 8 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to housing generally, is amended by adding at the end thereof a new Article 6 to read as follows:


8-3-330. As used in this article, the term ‘home inspector’ means any person, except an employee of a county, municipality, or political subdivision while engaged in the performance of the duties of his or her employment, who, for consideration, inspects and reports on the condition of any home,  or single family dwelling or the grounds, roof, exterior surface, garage or carport, structure, attic, basement or crawl space, electrical system, heating system, air-conditioning system, plumbing, on-site sewerage disposal, pool or hot tub, fireplace, kitchen appliance, or any combination thereof for  a prospective purchaser or seller.

8-3-331. Every home inspector shall provide to the person on whose behalf a home or single-family dwelling is being inspected a written document specifying:

(1)    The scope of the inspection, including those structural elements, systems, and subsystems to be inspected;
(2)    That the inspection is a visual inspection; and
(3)    That the home inspector will notify in writing the person on whose behalf such inspection is being made of any defects noted during the inspection, along with any recommendation that certain experts be retained to determine the extent and corrective action necessary for such defects.

8-3-332. Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”

Section 2.
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

Source: Georgia Trade practice act (Chapter 3, Title 8) enacted in 1994.