For Immediate Release - July 21, 2004

State Board Fines Home Inspector and Places License on Probation

State Board Fines Home Inspector and Places License on Probation

Home inspector Marco T. Dermith of Springfield, Massachusetts has entered into a consent agreement with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Home Inspectors ("Board"), resulting in a fine of $1,575.00 and a probationary period of at least three months beginning June 25, 2004.

Dermith admitted to the Board that on or about August 2, 2001, he performed a home inspection under a contract that contained a limitation of liability clause, a violation of Board regulations. Dermith also admitted to leaving the inspection site, allowing his unlicensed associate to complete the home inspection unsupervised.

While Dermith may conduct home inspections during the probationary period, a lifting of the probation on his license is contingent on Dermith's completion of courses in home inspecting/business ethics and standards of practice for the profession. Dermith also agreed to send letters to all clients for which contracts between the parties included a limitation of liability clause.

The Board of Registration of Home Inspectors evaluates and licenses qualified home inspector applicants. It is responsible for ensuring that licensees have proper training and experience through an associates program and meet minimum inspection requirements. Applicants are required to pass a Board-approved examination prior to licensure and fulfill continuing education requirements for license renewal.

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 returned more than $25,000 in refunds to consumers.