For Immediate Release - June 02, 2004

Boxborough Home Inspector Agrees to Pay Fine and Six-Month Probation

Boxborough Home Inspector Agrees to Pay Fine and Six-Month Probation

The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Home Inspectors has entered into a consent agreement with licensee Daniel L. DeStefano, who admitted to providing cost estimates for repairs to his home inspection clients, a practice prohibited by the Board. The terms of the consent agreement include a $750 fine as well as a six-month probation, beginning April 24, 2004.

"For many consumers this is the single largest investment they will make and they should expect the highest level of professionalism from home inspectors," said Anne L. Collins, Director of the Division of Professional Licensure. A list of consumer protections associated with hiring a home inspector are available at www.mass.gov/reg on the Home Inspector page.

DeStefano may continue to work as a home inspector during his probation. However, if the Board receives credible information of DeStefano's failure to satisfy the terms of the agreement, the Board may initiate formal adjudictory action. The Board may also require the licensee to voluntarily surrender his license immediately upon notice of the Board's decision to initiate such a hearing.

Consumers are encouraged to exercise their rights and continually visit the Division's Web site at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The Division of Professional Licensure is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensure process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the continual updating of licenses for approximately 330,000 licensees, and the maintenance of the multiple databases related to licensing, enforcement, and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2003, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of professional discipline including 949 disciplinary actions and over $27,000 in fines and over $50,000 in refunds for consumers.