The Division of Professional Licensure and the Board of Registration of Home Inspectors ("Board") recently took disciplinary action on six home inspectors.
- Michael Beaudry of Belchertown: In October of 2005, Beaudry entered a consent agreement denying that he violated any Board regulations but agrees to pay restitution in the amount of $5,000.00, representing the amount the customer paid to replace their roof. In 2004, Beaudry performed a home inspection in Chicopee and failed to address the conditions of the roof structure, exposed flashing, skylights, and roof penetrations in his home inspection report.
- John R. Bovill of Chelmsford: Bovill entered into a consent agreement with the Board, agreeing to a reprimand on his license. In 2001 and 2003 home inspections, Bovill's reports failed to properly observe and report on the conditions of the property. The reports also contained a limitation of liability clause that arguably limited the cost of damages for negligent or wrongful errors or omissions. Bovill disputes the fact that his conduct has caused his customers any damage or that he has ever used the limitation of liability clause to prevent a customer from pursuing a claim against him. However, Bovill agreed to pay $600 restitution to a customer and also agrees to complete 15 hours of continuing education in addition to the required courses for license renewal.
- John A. Mace of Marblehead: In a February 22, 2006 consent agreement with the Board, Mace agreed to pay a fine of $500.00. On his Harbor Homes Inspections website, Mace represented that he has "been thru the entire process of licensing" as a home inspector, when in fact, he was only licensed as an associate home inspector. A newspaper advertisement for his business also did not indicate that he was only an associate home inspector and did not include the name of a supervising home inspector. Mace also signed "Chief Inspector" of Harbor Home Inspections LLC on home inspection reports for several properties. In the consent agreement, Mace also agrees to complete a continuing education course on the subject of report writing within six months of the agreement's effective date. Mace understands and agrees that in order to become licensed as a home inspector he must perform no less than one hundred home inspections under the supervision of a licensed home inspector. No inspections performed before the effective date of the consent agreement count toward the requirement for licensure.
- Victor J. Martello of Worcester: The Board issued a final decision and order by default to Victor J. Martello of Worcester, revoking his license to practice as a home inspector, effective September 26, 2005. Martello failed to comply with a consent agreement he signed in March of 2005. The consent agreement placed his home inspector's license on probation for a year and required Martello to pay a fine of $500.00 to the Board and to make restitution of $3450.00 to a customer. Martello failed to pay the fine or compensate his customer.
- John C. Nadolski of Agawam: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Nadolski, suspending his license for three months, effective January 30, 2006. The suspension will be followed by a two year period of probation. Nadolski filed inadequate reports during homes inspections during 2002 and 2003 in Agawam, Holyoke, and Springfield. Upon signing the agreement, Nadolski paid a $2,000.00 fine and agreed to satisfactorily complete three report writing courses within one year.
- Mark Raumikaitis of Derry, New Hampshire: The Board issued a final decision and order by default to Mark Raumikaitis of Derry, New Hampshire, revoking his license to practice as a home inspector, effective August 10, 2005. Raumikaitis, the principal of HomeCheck Home Inspections, LLC, allowed an associate to perform a home inspection under his supervision. The property's home inspection report failed to address many issues including: the condition of exposed flashings and exposed foundation requirements, type of basement floor system, electrical service entry conductor materials, type of distribution piping materials, type of heating distribution system, types of exposed floor and ceiling material, and much more.
The Board of Registration of Home Inspectors licenses approximately 556 home inspectors throughout the Commonwealth. In Fiscal Year 2005, the Board received 32 complaints and resolved 42 consent agreements from this and previous fiscal years. The Board entered into 10 consent agreements, issued two suspensions, placed four licenses on probation, and issued six fines totaling $850.00.
Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/dpl 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 ("DPL") is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 29 boards of registration.
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