Is the real estate agent responsible for verifying the home inspectors licence.

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Is the real estate agent responsible for verifying the home inspectors licence.

We are selling our home. The home inspector is the buyers father. We assumed there would be a licensed professional. The real estate agent is the buyers Aunt. There has already been property damage from previous showings from the same buyers.

Asked on June 28, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no obligation on the realtor to verify the inspector's license: realtors really don't have any obligations other than show & market the home and help sell it, but inspections (or verifying a buyer's finances) fall outside that responsibility.
You could refuse to allow this inspector in unless he provides evidence of his license and that he also has insurance to cover any damage he does: that is reasonable, and within your rights. If the inspector or the buyers negligently (carelessly) or intentionally causes any damage that costs you money (e.g. to repair), you could sue for it, if you could not deal with the situation in the course of the sale (e.g. the buyer paying more to cover damage done).


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