Thursday, July 18, 2013

Home Inspection Ordinance

Below is a copy of the draft Ordinance adopted by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors during their mid-June meeting concerning the home inspections.  The County and PRVWSD subsequently entered into an Interlocal Agreement whereby the PRVWSD was given broad authority to conduct the inspections on District property, etc.  I'll post that up when I get a minute.


Anonymous said...

If the politicos are going to do this, why don't they give full disclosure. What are the qualifications of the inspectors; what will they inspect; who decides if a home inspection is acceptable; why not post a format of the inspection criteria? Is this an effort for job creation and fees for the governmental entities?

Troy Odom said...

Good questions, the answers to which I don't know. I, too, am concerned about the County's level of discretion. Home buyers will commonly have their own inspection performed prior to buying a house. That "private inspection" costs considerable money, and is likely far more detailed and involved than a "county inspection". However, the County has the complete discretion to disregard that and charge another $100 for another inspection? If the private inspection is done by a licensed inspector, why the need for a second? On the other hand, this could save people money by allowing them access to a cheaper inspection. A "government provides you cheaper health insurance, now they provide you cheaper inspections" sort of thing.

On another note, I hear the County and PRVWSD are trying to hammer out a universal inspection criteria check-list. When I can get my hands on it, I will post it.