For Immediate Release - December 13, 2004

Arlington Home Inspector Agrees to Five-Year License Suspension

Brian R. Gera of Arlington has entered into a consent agreement with the Board of Registration of Home Inspectors, agreeing to a five-year suspension of his license.

As a home inspector for Black Paw Home Inspection, Inc., Mr. Gera prepared and signed a report for a Lexington client in which he indicated there was "no visible evidence of a wood destroying insect infestation". Subsequently, an exterminating company representative observed evidence of terminates in the home. Mr. Gera's license was suspended for five years, effective November 11, 2004. He may petition for license reinstatement no earlier than November 11, 2009.

"Consumers rely on home inspectors in making one of the most important purchases of their lives. I urge house hunters to check our website for disciplinary histories and consumer tips before hiring an inspector," said Anne L. Collins, Director of the Division of Professional Licensure.

The Board of Registration of Home Inspectors ("Board") licenses over 450 home inspectors throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, the Board resolved 33 complaints, resulting in ten consent agreements, seven license probations and fines totaling $6,575.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.