Home Inspection

Home Inspection Protocols During COVID-19

BCREA is diligently working to keep BC’s REALTORS® informed of the evolving real estate landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preparing your clients for a real estate transaction during a pandemic means being able to explain to them not only how you’ve adapted your business and protocols to reflect the current conditions, but also how related

When an exclusion clause is not exclusionary #435

Legally Speaking

In a recent decision, the purchasers of a residential home were awarded over $160,000 in damages from their home inspector for negligence arising out of a pre-purchase inspection.1 That negligence was found was not particularly unusual, but the treatment by the Court of the home inspector’s contract is enlightening. The Court found that the home inspector

Defects, Disclosure and Caveat Emptor #430

Legally Speaking

By Jennifer CleeB.A., LL.B. It’s trite law that a seller and a listing REALTOR® have a duty to disclose known material latent defects, but not patent defects. Sometimes the distinction as to what constitutes a patent defect or a latent defect isn’t clear. Take a sump pump in the crawl space, for instance. Is it

More Caveat Emptor, Latent and Patent Examples #384

Legally Speaking

By Gerry NeelyB.A. LL.B. The owners of a house, which was old when they bought it in 1979, sold it in 1994 to buyers who discovered after completion that the kitchen floor sloped 2.5 to five centimetres from one side to the other. The buyers elected not to retain a home inspector, although there were

Negligence of House Inspector: Licensee’s Liability #140

Legally Speaking

By Gerry NeelyB.A. LL.B The answer to this question was given in a 1977 case in which a purchaser was concerned about the soundness of the structure and foundations of an old house he wanted to purchase. A salesman employed by the agency which had the listing, recommended to the purchaser a house inspector who