Mississippi Real Estate Continuing Education Courses - MISSISSIPPI Approved School: RealEstateCE.com
MS 6.0 hours Benefits of a Professional Home Inspection - Course Syllabus
6.0 Elective Hours
Litigation activity regarding toxic mold has increased, after several multi-million-dollar judgments have been rendered. Home inspectors performing mold tests and remediation companies may not carry insurance for such testing and remediation. This could leave you vulnerable. If you have been referring clients to companies that offer low cost procedures for inspectors to test for mold or remediation, you may want to reconsider your position.
If you, as a real estate professional, suspect microbial contamination in a home your client is considering buying or selling, refrain from referring clients to a specific company for inspection or cleanup. It may be a little inconvenient, but it could prevent your being named in a negligent referral suit. Be sure not to offer expert analysis, and avoid using terms such as black mold or toxic mold. When describing the potential problem use terms such as mold type or mildew-like. If necessary, recommend that your buyer clients retain a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or another environmental specialist to provide mold detection and lab analysis services.
Toxic mold is an increasingly important issue for real estate professionals. Upon completion of this course, the real estate professional will be better prepared to address this disclosure challenge effectively using some simple litigation prevention strategies.