2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 28, 2020 - Offered by Representative Brooks.
AB655-AA1,1,11 At the locations indicated, amend the bill as follows:
AB655-AA1,1,3 21. Page 6, line 19: delete “describing a defect" and substitute “describing a
3defect condition".
AB655-AA1,1,5 42. Page 6, line 20: after “subsection" insert “if the home inspector believes the
5condition satisfies the definition of defect under s. 440.97 (2m)
AB655-AA1,1,7 63. Page 6, line 23: delete the material beginning with that line and ending with
7page 7, line 2, and substitute:
AB655-AA1,1,9 8“440.975 (3) (cr) 1. Includes a summary page that includes at least all of the
AB655-AA1,1,1110 a. A list of conditions, labeled as defects, that are observed under par. (cm) to
11be defects, as defined in s. 440.97 (2m).
AB655-AA1,1,1312 b. A listing of components needing repairs, components needing further
13evaluation, items to monitor, and maintenance items.
12. The summary page shall include references to the page, heading, or item
2number in the detailed account for further information.
AB655-AA1,2,33 3. The summary page shall include all of the following statements:
AB655-AA1,2,64 NOTE: This summary page is provided for convenience and is not a substitute
5for reading the entire report and should not be relied upon as the complete list for
6the client's reference.
AB655-AA1,2,147 For the purposes of the report, “defect,” as defined in section 440.97 (2m), Wis.
8Stats., means a condition of any component of an improvement that would
9significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of a property or that, if
10not repaired, removed, or replaced, would significantly shorten or adversely affect
11the expected normal life of the component of the improvement. The contract of sale
12may define “defect” to also include a condition that would have a significant adverse
13effect on the value of the property, but such a condition may not be labeled a defect
14in the report unless it meets the definition in section 440.97 (2m), Wis. Stats.
AB655-AA1,2,1615 NOTE: A home inspector may not report on the market value or marketability
16of a property or whether a property should or should not be purchased.”.
AB655-AA1,2,17 174. Page 8, line 3: after that line insert:
AB655-AA1,2,22 18(1g) In requiring a home inspector, under s. 440.975 (3) (cm), to describe a
19defect, as defined in s. 440.97 (2m), by using the term “defect” in a home inspection
20consistent with the definition under s. 440.97 (2m), the legislature does not intend
21to modify the liability of a home inspector in any action relating to a home inspection
22conducted by the home inspector.”.
AB655-AA1,2,23 235. Page 8, line 4: delete “(1)" and substitute “(1r)".
AB655-AA1,2,24 246. Page 8, line 21: after that line insert:
1(2) The treatment of s. 440.975 (3) (bm), (cm), and (cr) first applies to home
2inspection reports submitted to a client on the effective date of this subsection.”.
AB655-AA1,3,5 37. Page 9, line 1: delete the material beginning with “takes" and ending with
4“2020" on line 2 and substitute “and Section 28 (2) of this act take effect on January
51, 2021”.