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(225 ILCS 441/15-10)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Grounds for disciplinary action.
(a) The Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department may deem appropriate, including imposing fines not to exceed $25,000 for each violation, with regard to any license for any one or combination of the following:
(1) Fraud or misrepresentation in applying for, or
procuring a license under this Act or in connection with applying for renewal of a license under this Act.
(2) Failing to meet the minimum qualifications for
licensure as a home inspector established by this Act.
(3) Paying money, other than for the fees provided
for by this Act, or anything of value to an employee of the Department to procure licensure under this Act.
(4) Conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo
contendere, or finding as enumerated in subsection (c) of Section 5-10, under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States: (i) that is a felony, misdemeanor, or administrative sanction, or (ii) that is a crime that subjects the licensee to compliance with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration Act.
(5) Committing an act or omission involving
dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation with the intent to substantially benefit the licensee or another person or with the intent to substantially injure another person.
(6) Violating a provision or standard for the
development or communication of home inspections as provided in Section 10-5 of this Act or as defined in the rules.
(7) Failing or refusing to exercise reasonable
diligence in the development, reporting, or communication of a home inspection report, as defined by this Act or the rules.
(8) Violating a provision of this Act or the rules.
(9) Having been disciplined by another state, the
District of Columbia, a territory, a foreign nation, a governmental agency, or any other entity authorized to impose discipline if at least one of the grounds for that discipline is the same as or substantially equivalent to one of the grounds for which a licensee may be disciplined under this Act.
(10) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.
(11) Accepting an inspection assignment when the
employment itself is contingent upon the home inspector reporting a predetermined analysis or opinion, or when the fee to be paid is contingent upon the analysis, opinion, or conclusion reached or upon the consequences resulting from the home inspection assignment.
(12) Developing home inspection opinions or
conclusions based on the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from military status, sexual orientation, order of protection status, or pregnancy, as defined under the Illinois Human Rights Act, of the prospective or present owners or occupants of the area or property under home inspection.
(13) Being adjudicated liable in a civil proceeding
on grounds of fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit. In a disciplinary proceeding based upon a finding of civil liability, the home inspector shall be afforded an opportunity to present mitigating and extenuating circumstances, but may not collaterally attack the civil adjudication.
(14) Being adjudicated liable in a civil proceeding
for violation of a State or federal fair housing law.
(15) Engaging in misleading or untruthful advertising
or using a trade name or insignia of membership in a home inspection organization of which the licensee is not a member.
(16) Failing, within 30 days, to provide information
in response to a written request made by the Department.
(17) Failing to include within the home inspection
report the home inspector's license number and the date of expiration of the license. The names of (i) all persons who conducted the home inspection; and (ii) all persons who prepared the subsequent written evaluation or any part thereof must be disclosed in the report. It is a violation of this Act for a home inspector to sign a home inspection report knowing that the names of all such persons have not been disclosed in the home inspection report.
(18) Advising a client as to whether the client
should or should not engage in a transaction regarding the residential real property that is the subject of the home inspection.
(19) Performing a home inspection in a manner that
damages or alters the residential real property that is the subject of the home inspection without the consent of the owner.
(20) Performing a home inspection when the home
inspector is providing or may also provide other services in connection with the residential real property or transaction, or has an interest in the residential real property, without providing prior written notice of the potential or actual conflict and obtaining the prior consent of the client as provided by rule.
(21) Aiding or assisting another person in violating
any provision of this Act or rules adopted under this Act.
(22) Inability to practice with reasonable judgment,
skill, or safety as a result of habitual or excessive use or addiction to alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug.
(23) A finding by the Department that the licensee,
after having the license placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation.
(24) Willfully making or filing false records or
reports related to the practice of home inspection, including, but not limited to, false records filed with State agencies or departments.
(25) Charging for professional services not rendered,
including filing false statements for the collection of fees for which services are not rendered.
(26) Practicing under a false or, except as provided
(27) Cheating on or attempting to subvert the
licensing examination administered under this Act.
(28) Engaging in any of the following prohibited
fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading advertising practices:
(i) advertising as a home inspector or operating
a home inspection business entity unless there is a duly licensed home inspector responsible for all inspection activities and all inspections;
(ii) advertising that contains a
misrepresentation of facts or false statements regarding the licensee's professional achievements, degrees, training, skills, or qualifications in the home inspection profession or any other profession requiring licensure;
(iii) advertising that makes only a partial
disclosure of relevant facts related to pricing or home inspection services; and
(iv) advertising that claims this State or any of
its political subdivisions endorse the home inspection report or its contents.
(29) Disclosing, except as otherwise required by
law, inspection results or client information obtained without the client's written consent. A home inspector shall not deliver a home inspection report to any person other than the client of the home inspector without the client's written consent.
(30) Providing fees, gifts, waivers of liability,
or other forms of compensation or gratuities to persons licensed under any real estate professional licensing act in this State as consideration or inducement for the referral of business.
(b) The Department may suspend, revoke,
or refuse to issue
or renew an education provider's license, may reprimand, place on probation, or
an education provider
licensee, and may suspend or revoke the course approval of any course offered
by an education provider, for any of the following:
(1) Procuring or attempting to procure licensure by
knowingly making a false statement, submitting false information, making any form of fraud or misrepresentation, or refusing to provide complete information in response to a question in an application for licensure.
(2) Failing to comply with the covenants certified to
on the application for licensure as an education provider.
(3) Committing an act or omission involving
dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation or allowing any such act or omission by any employee or contractor under the control of the education provider.
(4) Engaging in misleading or untruthful advertising.
(5) Failing to retain competent instructors in
accordance with rules adopted under this Act.
(6) Failing to meet the topic or time requirements
for course approval as the provider of a pre-license curriculum course or a continuing education course.
(7) Failing to administer an approved course using
the course materials, syllabus, and examinations submitted as the basis of the course approval.
(8) Failing to provide an appropriate classroom
environment for presentation of courses, with consideration for student comfort, acoustics, lighting, seating, workspace, and visual aid material.
(9) Failing to maintain student records in compliance
with the rules adopted under this Act.
(10) Failing to provide a certificate, transcript, or
other student record to the Department or to a student as may be required by rule.
(11) Failing to fully cooperate with a Department
investigation by knowingly making a false statement, submitting false or misleading information, or refusing to provide complete information in response to written interrogatories or a written request for documentation within 30 days of the request.
(d) The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend without hearing, as provided for in the Code of Civil Procedure, the license of any person who fails to file a tax return, to pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed tax return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of the tax Act are satisfied in accordance with subsection (g) of Section 2105-15 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(f) In cases where the Department of Healthcare and Family Services has previously determined that a licensee or a potential licensee is more than 30 days delinquent in the payment of child support and has subsequently certified the delinquency to the Department, the Department may refuse to issue or renew or may revoke or suspend that person's license or may take other disciplinary action against that person based solely upon the certification of delinquency made by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in accordance with item (5) of subsection (a) of Section 2105-15 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(g) The determination by a circuit court that a licensee is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission, as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, operates as an automatic suspension. The suspension will end only upon a finding by a court that the patient is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission and the issuance of a court order so finding and discharging the patient.
(Source: P.A. 102-20, eff. 1-1-22