For Immediate Release - March 01, 2005

State Board Disciplines Two Home Inspectors

State Board Disciplines Two Home Inspectors

The Division of Professional Licensure and the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Home Inspectors ("Board") recently issued disciplinary action against two licensees.

Ronald Ferro of Yarmouthport: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Ferro, suspending his home inspector's license for five years. The Board contends that Ferro entered into an inspection agreement that contained a limitation of liability clause and that he failed to comply with Board requests for a copy of his limited liability insurance coverage. The Board also contends that Ferro failed to abide by regulations by giving inaccurate information about the condition of a residence he had inspected.

Robert J. Gray of Londonderry: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Gray, issuing a one-year probation on his home inspector's license and a $500.00 fine. Gray admitted that his home inspection contract had previously contained a clause that limited the cost of damages for negligent and wrongful errors or omissions, a violation of Board rules and regulations.

The Board of Registration of Home Inspectors licenses approximately 450 home inspectors throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, the Board received 49 new complaints and resolved 33 complaints, resulting in ten consent agreements and the placement of seven licensees on probation. Disciplinary action by the Board also yielded fines totaling $6,575 dollars.

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.