"Here is a brief history of my involvement in the licensing of Home Inspectors. I was employed as Political Director and a lobbyist for the Florida Home Builders Association from 1996-2007. Beginning in 2001 I lobbied on behalf of the homebuilders to support the licensing of home inspectors. During that time, I came to meet Larry Cerro, Claude McGavic and Bob Farr. Finally in 2007, the coalition of interests (Home Inspection groups, Home Builders, Realtors, Mold companies, Indoor Air Quality, Mobile Home Manufactures, Roofing, Trial Lawyers, to name a few) were successful in passing legislation to license Home Inspectors and Mold Services.
After the Session of 2007, I left the homebuilders to start my own lobbying practice. For the 2008 Session, I was paid by collection initiated by NAHI-FL and FABI to protect the statute from any unwanted changes, but to also push some amendments to clean up the licensing act and disciplinary proceedings.
In 2009, FABI took the lead in paying my contract, this time collecting from NAHI-FL and ASHI. Dennis Fackler joined the council that year for InterNACHI. I pushed for and fought against changes to the grandfather clause and to include home inspectors as signatures for the OIR 1802 Form - that year both pieces of legislation, that our language was contained in, failed to pass by the last day of Session. I began meeting with DBPR leadership and staff to provide input on the Standards of Practice and Rules.
In 2010, FABI again took the lead in paying my contract with contributions from NAHI-FL and ASHI. That Session we amended the statute to clean-up discrepancies, grandfathering, fought against the dual licensing provision and had home inspectors included as signatures for the OIR 1802 Form. The summer of 2010 is when the organizations decided to organize as a Council purely for governmental affairs and purposes.
This past Session was the first time that the Council stood on its own before the legislature. Most legislators didn't know the difference; in fact, most had no clue that there were so many different organizations representing Home Inspectors. Many appreciated that the Council was coming as one group with one identity.
During the 2011 Session, the Council actively lobbied against the abolishment of the licensing program that was just beginning. We staved off a permanent exemption for general contractors and building officials who wanted to obtain a home inspector license. Now they have until July 1, 2011 to be grandfathered; afterwards, all will have to meet the licensing requirement as outlined in 468.83. We had removed from the licensing statute the provision that allowed for a licensed GC/Home Inspector to do inspections and then the repairs. Lastly, for wind mitigation education and training requirements needed to become a signature, for the OIR 1802 Form; we identified the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) as the approving entity.
The following is a list of the current Directors and Alternates of the Florida Home Inspectors Council (FHIC):