All Inspector Members (MCI, CCI and Candidates) of the California Real Estate Inspectors Association (CREIA) are committed to providing professional, high quality service to the public. This code will serve as a basis for ethical decision making in the conduct of professional inspection work. It sets forth principles and rules of conduct enforced by CREIA through specific procedures contained in Section B, Judicial Procedures. This Code of Ethics is applicable to all CREIA members as defined in the CREIA bylaws. (EFFECTIVE January 6, 2006)

I. Inspectors shall avoid conflicts of interest or activities that compromise, or appear to compromise, professional independence, objectivity, or inspection integrity. In particular, home inspectors shall not:

a. Perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs to a structure on which the inspector, or the inspectors company, has prepared a home inspection report in the past 12 months.

b. Inspect for a fee any property in which the inspector, or the inspectors company, has any financial interest or any interest in the transfer of the property.

c. Offer or deliver any compensation, inducement or reward to the owner of the inspected property, the broker, or agent, for the referral of any business to the inspector or the inspection company, or for inclusion on a list of recommended inspectors, preferred providers, or similar arrangements.

d. Inspect for a fee properties where the employment itself or the fee payable for the inspection is contingent upon the conclusions in the report, pre-established findings, or the close of escrow.

e. Accept compensation, directly or indirectly, for recommending contractors, services, or products to inspection clients.

II. Inspectors shall act in good faith toward each client.

a. Inspectors shall perform services and express opinions based on honest conviction and only within their areas of education, training, or experience.

b. Inspectors shall be objective in reporting and not knowingly understate or overstate the significance of reported conditions.

c. Inspectors shall not disclose personal information about the client, seller, tenant, or others involved in the inspection without the approval of the individual(s) affected.

d. Inspectors shall not disclose inspection results to anyone other than the client or the clients agent without the approval of the client.

III. Inspectors shall avoid activities that harm the public, discredit themselves, or reduce public confidence in the profession.

a. Inspectors will maintain professional relationships with clients, colleagues and others associated with the inspection without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

b. Inspectors advertising, marketing, and promotion of services or qualifications shall not be fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading.

c. Inspectors shall abide by CREIA bylaws and guidelines in the use of the CREIA logo and other CREIA materials.

d. Inspectors will respond professionally to client or CREIA concerns and complaints about an inspection.

e. Inspectors shall report substantial and willful violations of this Code to CREIA.

IV. Consequences for breach of this Code.

a. Inappropriate language or behavior towards CREIA office staff:

  • First offense: Written reprimand placed in candidates or members file.
  • Second offense:  One (1) month member not in good standing status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in candidate members file.

b. Candidate member using CCI, MCI or CNCS logo:

  • First offense: Written reprimand placed in candidates file.
  • Second offense: Six (6) month member not in good standing status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in candidates file.

c. CCI member using MCI or CNSC logo:

  • First offense: Three (3) month member not in good standing” status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in members file.
  • Second Offense: Six (6) month member not in good standing” status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in members file.

d. Candidate or member falsely claiming Chapter or CREIA State Leadership:

  • First offense: Three (3) month “member not in good standing” status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in candidates/members file.
  • Second Offense: Six (6) month “member not in good standing” status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in candidates/members file.

e. Candidate or members company or a company controlled/owned by same individual(s) performing repairs of properties for an additional fee within one year of inspection date by same or related company:

  • First offense: Six (6) month member not in good standing status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in candidates/members file.
  • Second offense: Membership revoked, expulsion.

f. Candidate or member guilty of false or misleading advertising:

  • First offense: Written reprimand placed in candidates/members file.
  • Second Offense: Six (6) month “member not in good standing status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in candidates/members file.

g. Candidate or member offering or soliciting incentives to the seller or agents involved in a real estate transaction:

  • First offense: Written reprimand placed in candidates/members file.
  • Second offense: Six (6) month member not in good standing status and loss of all privileges. Written reprimand placed in candidates/members file.