Rhode Island: Requirements for Home Inspectors

Rhode Island Trade practice act enacted in 1996. The law in Rhode Island forbids home inspectors, pest control inspectors, and contractors from doing work on property that is inspected prior to real estate sales. The law was passed to help eliminate activities that could present a conflict of interest.

Licensure enacted in 2000. Rhode Island law creates a home inspector licensing law and requires that all home inspectors be licensed. Home inspectors would be required to maintain $250,000 of liability insurance, pass the National Home Inspector Examination, and abide by state standards and a code of ethics.

NOTE: This law is not currently funded.

For more information, contact the Rhode Island Contractor’s Registration Board at (401) 222-1268 phone or (401) 222-2599 fax.