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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 441/) Home Inspector License Act.

225 ILCS 441/Art. 15

 
    (225 ILCS 441/Art. 15 heading)
ARTICLE 15. DISCIPLINARY PROVISIONS

225 ILCS 441/15-5

    (225 ILCS 441/15-5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-5. Unlicensed practice; civil penalty.
    (a) Any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice, or holds himself or herself out to practice home inspection or as a home inspector without being licensed under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $25,000 for each violation of this Act as determined by the Department. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    (b) The Department has the authority and power to investigate any unlicensed activity.
    (c) A civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The Department may petition the circuit court for a judgment to enforce the collection of the penalty. Any civil penalties collected under this Act shall be made payable to the Department and deposited into the Home Inspector Administration Fund.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-10

    (225 ILCS 441/15-10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-10. 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 by plea of guilty or nolo contendere,
    
finding of guilt, jury verdict, or entry of judgment or by sentencing of any crime, including, but not limited to, convictions, preceding sentences of supervision, conditional discharge, or first offender probation, under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States: (i) that is a felony; (ii) that is a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or that is directly related to the practice of the profession; or (iii) 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, or unfavorable military discharge, 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. All home inspectors providing significant contribution to the development and reporting of a home inspection must be disclosed in the home inspection report. It is a violation of this Act for a home inspector to sign a home inspection report knowing that a person providing a significant contribution to the report has 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 his or her license placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation.
        (24) Willfully making or filing false records or
    
reports in his or her practice, 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
    
by law, an assumed name.
        (27) Cheating on or attempting to subvert the
    
licensing examination administered under this Act.
    (b) The Department may suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew an education provider's license, may reprimand, place on probation, or otherwise discipline 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.
    (c) In appropriate cases, the Department may resolve a complaint against a licensee through the issuance of a Consent to Administrative Supervision order. A licensee subject to a Consent to Administrative Supervision order shall be considered by the Department as an active licensee in good standing. This order shall not be reported as or considered by the Department to be a discipline of the licensee. The records regarding an investigation and a Consent to Administrative Supervision order shall be considered confidential and shall not be released by the Department except as mandated by law. The complainant shall be notified that his or her complaint has been resolved by a Consent to Administrative Supervision order.
    (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.
    (e) (Blank).
    (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.
    (h) In enforcing this Act, the Department, upon a showing of a possible violation, may compel an individual licensed to practice under this Act, or who has applied for licensure under this Act, to submit to a mental or physical examination, or both, as required by and at the expense of the Department. The Department may order the examining physician to present testimony concerning the mental or physical examination of the licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating to communications between the licensee or applicant and the examining physician. The examining physician shall be specifically designated by the Department. The individual to be examined may have, at his or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present during all aspects of this examination. The examination shall be performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches. Failure of an individual to submit to a mental or physical examination, when directed, shall result in an automatic suspension without hearing.
    A person holding a license under this Act or who has applied for a license under this Act, who, because of a physical or mental illness or disability, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill, is unable to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety, may be required by the Department to submit to care, counseling, or treatment by physicians approved or designated by the Department as a condition, term, or restriction for continued, reinstated, or renewed licensure to practice. Submission to care, counseling, or treatment as required by the Department shall not be considered discipline of a license. If the licensee refuses to enter into a care, counseling, or treatment agreement or fails to abide by the terms of the agreement, the Department may file a complaint to revoke, suspend, or otherwise discipline the license of the individual. The Secretary may order the license suspended immediately, pending a hearing by the Department. Fines shall not be assessed in disciplinary actions involving physical or mental illness or impairment.
    In instances in which the Secretary immediately suspends a person's license under this Section, a hearing on that person's license must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay. The Department shall have the authority to review the subject individual's record of treatment and counseling regarding the impairment to the extent permitted by applicable federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical records.
    An individual licensed under this Act and affected under this Section shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department that he or she can resume practice in compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards under the provisions of his or her license.
(Source: P.A. 100-872, eff. 8-14-18.)

225 ILCS 441/15-15

    (225 ILCS 441/15-15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-15. Investigation; notice; hearing. The Department may investigate the actions of any applicant or of any person or persons rendering or offering to render home inspection services or any person holding or claiming to hold a license as a home inspector. The Department shall, before refusing to issue or renew a license or to discipline a licensee pursuant to Section 15-10, at least 30 days prior to the date set for the hearing, (i) notify the accused in writing, of the charges made and the time and place for the hearing on the charges, (ii) direct him or her to file a written answer with the Department under oath within 20 days after the service of the notice, and (iii) inform the applicant or licensee that failure to file an answer will result in a default judgment being entered against the applicant or licensee. At the time and place fixed in the notice, the Department shall proceed to hear the charges and the parties of their counsel shall be accorded ample opportunity to present any pertinent statements, testimony, evidence, and arguments. The Department may continue the hearing from time to time. In case the person, after receiving the notice, fails to file an answer, his or her license, may, in the discretion of the Department, be revoked, suspended, placed on probationary status, or the Department may take whatever disciplinary actions considered proper, including limiting the scope, nature, or extent of the person's practice or the imposition of a fine, without a hearing, if the act or acts charged constitute sufficient grounds for that action under the Act. The written notice may be served by personal delivery or by certified mail to the accused's address of record.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-20

    (225 ILCS 441/15-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-20. Administrative Review Law; certification fees; Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    (a) All final administrative decisions of the Department under this Act are subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. The term "administrative decision" has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 3-101 of the Administrative Review Law.
    (b) The Department shall not be required to certify any record to the court or file any answer in court or otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding, unless and until the Department has received from the plaintiff payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record, which costs shall be determined by the Department. Exhibits shall be certified without cost. Failure on the part of the plaintiff to file a receipt in court is grounds for dismissal of the action.
    (c) The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is hereby expressly adopted and incorporated herein. In the event of a conflict between this Act and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, this Act shall control.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-25

    (225 ILCS 441/15-25)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-25. Temporary suspension. The Secretary may temporarily suspend the license of a licensee without a hearing, while instituting a proceeding for a hearing as provided for in Section 15-15 of this Act, if the Secretary finds that the evidence indicates that the public interest, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action. In the event that the Secretary temporarily suspends the license without a hearing, a hearing shall be held within 30 days after the suspension has occurred. The suspended licensee may seek a continuance of the hearing during which the suspension shall remain in effect. The proceeding shall be concluded without appreciable delay.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-30

    (225 ILCS 441/15-30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-30. Statute of limitations. No action may be taken under this Act against a person licensed under this Act unless the action is commenced within 5 years after the occurrence of the alleged violation. A continuing violation is deemed to have occurred on the date when the circumstances last existed that gave rise to the alleged continuing violation.
(Source: P.A. 92-239, eff. 8-3-01.)

225 ILCS 441/15-35

    (225 ILCS 441/15-35)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-35. Signature of the Secretary. An order of revocation or suspension or a certified copy of the order, bearing the seal of the Department and purporting to be signed by the Secretary, shall be prima facie proof that:
        (1) the signature is the genuine signature of the
    
Secretary; and
        (2) the Secretary is duly appointed and qualified.
This proof may be rebutted.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-40

    (225 ILCS 441/15-40)
    Sec. 15-40. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 92-239, eff. 8-3-01. Repealed by P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-45

    (225 ILCS 441/15-45)
    Sec. 15-45. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 92-239, eff. 8-3-01. Repealed by P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-50

    (225 ILCS 441/15-50)
    Sec. 15-50. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07. Repealed by P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-55

    (225 ILCS 441/15-55)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-55. Returned checks; penalty fee; termination. A person who delivers a check or other payment to the Department that is returned to the Department unpaid by the financial institution upon which it was drawn shall pay to the Department, in addition to the amount already owed, a penalty fee of $50. The Department shall notify the person, by certified mail return receipt requested, that his or her check or payment was returned and that the person shall pay to the Department by certified check or money order the amount of the returned check plus a $50 penalty fee within 30 calendar days after the date of the notification. If, after the expiration of 30 calendar days of the notification, the person has failed to remit the necessary funds and penalty, the Department shall automatically terminate the license or deny the application without hearing. If the returned check or other payment was for issuance of a license under this Act and that person practices as a home inspector, that person may be subject to discipline for unlicensed practice as provided in this Act. If, after termination or denial, the person seeks a license, he or she shall petition the Department for restoration and he or she may be subject to additional discipline or fines. The Secretary may waive the penalties or fines due under this Section in individual cases where the Secretary finds that the penalties or fines would be unreasonable or unnecessarily burdensome.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-60

    (225 ILCS 441/15-60)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-60. Violations; injunction; cease and desist orders.
    (a) If any person violates a provision of this Act, the Secretary may, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, through the Attorney General of the State of Illinois or the State's Attorney in the county in which the offense occurs, petition for an order enjoining the violation or for an order enforcing compliance with this Act. Upon the filing of a verified petition in court, the court may issue a temporary restraining order, without notice or bond, and may preliminarily and permanently enjoin the violation. If it is established that the person has violated or is violating the injunction, the court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this Section shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, all other remedies and penalties provided by this Act.
    (b) If any person practices as a home inspector or holds himself or herself out as a home inspector without being licensed under the provisions of this Act, then the Secretary, any licensed home inspector, any interested party, or any person injured thereby may petition for relief as provided in subsection (a) of this Section or may apply to the circuit court of the county in which the violation or some part thereof occurred, or in which the person complained of has his or her principal place of business or resides, to prevent the violation. The court has jurisdiction to enforce obedience by injunction or by other process restricting the person complained of from further violation and enjoining upon him or her obedience.
    (c) Whoever knowingly practices or offers to practice home inspection in this State without a license for that purpose shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony for the second and any subsequent offense.
    (d) Whenever, in the opinion of the Department, a person violates any provision of this Act, the Department may issue a rule to show cause why an order to cease and desist should not be entered against that person. The rule shall clearly set forth the grounds relied upon by the Department and shall provide a period of 7 days from the date of the rule to file an answer to the satisfaction of the Department. Failure to answer to the satisfaction of the Department shall cause an order to cease and desist to be issued.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-65

    (225 ILCS 441/15-65)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-65. Restoration of license from discipline. At any time after the successful completion of a term of indefinite probation, suspension, or revocation of a license, the Department may restore the license to the licensee, unless after an investigation and a hearing the Secretary determines that restoration is not in the public interest. No person or entity whose license, certificate, or authority has been revoked as authorized in this Act may apply for restoration of that license, certification, or authority until such time as provided for in the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)

225 ILCS 441/15-70

    (225 ILCS 441/15-70)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 15-70. Confidentiality. All information collected by the Department in the course of an examination or investigation of a licensee or applicant, including, but not limited to, any complaint against a licensee filed with the Department and information collected to investigate any such complaint, shall be maintained for the confidential use of the Department and shall not be disclosed. The Department may not disclose the information to anyone other than law enforcement officials, other regulatory agencies that have an appropriate regulatory interest as determined by the Secretary, or to a party presenting a lawful subpoena to the Department. Information and documents disclosed to a federal, State, county, or local law enforcement agency shall not be disclosed by the agency for any purpose to any other agency or person. A formal complaint filed against a licensee by the Department or any order issued by the Department against a licensee or applicant shall be a public record, except as otherwise prohibited by law.
(Source: P.A. 97-226, eff. 7-28-11.)