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440.975(4)(d) (d) The suitability for any specialized use of an improvement to residential real property.
440.975(4)(e) (e) Whether an improvement to residential real property or a component of an improvement to residential real property complies with applicable regulatory requirements.
440.975(4)(f) (f) The condition of any component of an improvement to residential real property that the home inspector was not required to inspect under the rules promulgated under s. 440.974 (1) (b).
440.975(5) (5) A home inspector may not report, either in writing or verbally, on any of the following:
440.975(5)(a) (a) The market value or marketability of a property.
440.975(5)(b) (b) Whether a property should or should not be purchased.
440.975(6) (6) This section does not require a home inspector to do any of the following:
440.975(6)(a) (a) Offer a warranty or guarantee of any kind.
440.975(6)(b) (b) Calculate the strength, adequacy or efficiency of any component of an improvement to residential real property.
440.975(6)(c) (c) Enter any area or perform any procedure that may damage an improvement to residential real property or a component of an improvement to residential real property, or enter any area or perform any procedure that may be dangerous to the home inspector or to other persons.
440.975(6)(d) (d) Operate any component of an improvement to residential real property that is inoperable.
440.975(6)(e) (e) Operate any component of an improvement to residential real property that does not respond to normal operating controls.
440.975(6)(f) (f) Disturb insulation or move personal items, furniture, equipment, vegetation, soil, snow, ice or debris that obstructs access to or visibility of an improvement to residential real property or a component of an improvement to residential real property.
440.975(6)(g) (g) Determine the effectiveness of a component of an improvement to residential real property that was installed to control or remove suspected hazardous substances.
440.975(6)(h) (h) Predict future conditions, including the failure of a component of an improvement to residential real property.
440.975(6)(i) (i) Project or estimate the operating costs of a component of an improvement to residential real property.
440.975(6)(j) (j) Evaluate acoustic characteristics of a component of an improvement to residential real property.
440.975(6)(k) (k) Inspect for the presence or absence of pests, including rodents, insects and wood-damaging organisms.
440.975(6)(L) (L) Inspect cosmetic items, underground items or items not permanently installed.
440.975(6)(m) (m) Inspect for the presence of any hazardous substances.
440.975(7) (7) A home inspector may not do any of the following:
440.975(7)(a) (a) Perform or offer to perform any act or service contrary to law.
440.975(7)(b) (b) Deliver a home inspection report to any person other than the client without the client's consent.
440.975(7)(c) (c) Perform a home inspection for a client with respect to a transaction if the home inspector, a member of the home inspector's immediate family or an organization or business entity in which the home inspector has an interest, is a party to the transaction and has an interest that is adverse to that of the client, unless the home inspector obtains the written consent of the client.
440.975(7)(d) (d) Accept any compensation from more than one party to a transaction for which the home inspector has provided home inspection services without the written consent of all of the parties to the transaction.
440.975(7)(e) (e) Pay or receive, directly or indirectly, in full or in part, for a home inspection or for the performance of any construction, repairs, maintenance or improvements regarding improvements to residential real property that is inspected by him or her, a fee, a commission, or compensation as a referral or finder's fee, to or from any person who is not a home inspector.
440.975(8) (8) This section does not prohibit a home inspector from doing any of the following:
440.975(8)(a) (a) Reporting observations or conditions in addition to those required under this section or the rules promulgated under this section.
440.975(8)(b) (b) Excluding a component of an improvement to residential real property from the inspection, if requested to do so by his or her client.
440.975(8)(c) (c) Engaging in an activity that requires an occupation credential if he or she holds the necessary credential.
440.975 History History: 1997 a. 81.
440.975 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 134, Wis. adm. code.
440.976 440.976 Disclaimers or limitation of liability. No home inspector may include, as a term or condition in an agreement to conduct a home inspection, any provision that disclaims the liability, or limits the amount of damages for liability, of the home inspector for his or her failure to comply with the standards of practice prescribed in this subchapter or in rules promulgated under this subchapter.
440.976 History History: 1997 a. 81.
440.977 440.977 Liability of home inspectors.
440.977(1) (1) Notwithstanding s. 893.54, an action to recover damages for any act or omission of a home inspector relating to a home inspection that he or she conducts shall be commenced within 2 years after the date that a home inspection is completed or be barred. The period of limitation under this subsection may not be reduced by agreement.
440.977(2) (2) A home inspector is not liable to a person for damages that arise from an act or omission relating to a home inspection that he or she conducts if that person is not a party to the transaction for which the home inspection is conducted.
440.977 History History: 1997 a. 81.
440.978 440.978 Discipline; prohibited acts.
440.978(1) (1) Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1), the department may make investigations or conduct hearings to determine whether a violation of this subchapter or any rule promulgated under this subchapter has occurred.
440.978(2) (2) Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1), the department may reprimand a home inspector or deny, limit, suspend or revoke a certificate under this subchapter if the department finds that the applicant or home inspector has done any of the following:
440.978(2)(a) (a) Made a material misstatement in an application for a certificate or renewal of a certificate.
440.978(2)(b) (b) Engaged in conduct while practicing as a home inspector that evidences a lack of knowledge or ability to apply professional principles or skills.
440.978(2)(c) (c) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, been arrested or convicted of an offense committed while registered under this subchapter.
440.978(2)(d) (d) Advertised in a manner that is false, deceptive or misleading.
440.978(2)(e) (e) Advertised, practiced or attempted to practice as a home inspector under another person's name.
440.978(2)(f) (f) Allowed his or her name to be used by another person while the other person was practicing or attempting to practice as a home inspector.
440.978(2)(g) (g) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.34, practiced as a home inspector while the individual's ability to practice was impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
440.978(2)(h) (h) Acted as a home inspector in connection with a transaction in which he or she was also an appraiser or broker.
440.978(2)(i) (i) Performed, or agreed to perform, for compensation any repairs, maintenance or improvements on any property less than 2 years after he or she conducts a home inspection, without the written consent of the property owner given before the home inspection occurred.
440.978(2)(j) (j) Prevented or attempted to prevent a client from providing a copy of, or any information from, a home inspection report done by the home inspector in connection with a transaction to any interested party to the transaction.
440.978(2)(k) (k) Failed to provide a home inspection report to a client by the date agreed on by the home inspector and the client or, if no date was agreed on, within a reasonable time after completing the inspection.
440.978(2)(m) (m) Violated this subchapter or any rule promulgated under this subchapter.
440.978(3) (3) In addition to or in lieu of proceeding under sub. (2), the department may assess against a person who has engaged in any of the practices specified in sub. (2) a forfeiture of not more than $1,000 for each separate offense.
440.978(4) (4) In lieu of proceeding under sub. (1) or (2), the department may place, in a registry information file, a copy of a complaint received by the department against a Wisconsin registered home inspector, the inspector's response to the complaint and a copy of any records of the department concerning the complaint. If the department establishes a registry information file under this subsection, the department shall use the following procedure:
440.978(4)(a) (a) No later than 60 days after the date on which the department receives a complaint alleging that a home inspector has engaged in conduct that is grounds for discipline under sub. (2), the department shall provide the inspector with a copy of the complaint and place a copy of the complaint and a copy of any records of the department concerning the complaint in the registry information file.
440.978(4)(b) (b) After receiving a copy of the complaint under par. (a), the home inspector who is the subject of the complaint, or his or her authorized representative, may place in the registry information file a statement of reasonable length describing the inspector's view of the correctness or relevance of any of the information contained in the complaint.
440.978(4)(c) (c) The department shall make the complaint, the home inspector's response to the complaint, if any, and a copy of any records of the department concerning the complaint placed in a registry information file under this subsection available to the public.
440.978(4)(d) (d) The department shall remove all complaints against and other information concerning a home inspector from the registry information file if, for a period of 2 years from the date of the most recent complaint filed in the registry information file, no further complaints have been filed against the inspector.
440.978(5) (5) The department may, as a condition of removing a limitation on a certificate issued under this subchapter or of reinstating a certificate that has been suspended or revoked under this subchapter, do any of the following:
440.978(5)(a) (a) Require the home inspector to obtain insurance against loss, expense and liability resulting from errors and omissions or neglect in the performance of services as a home inspector.
440.978(5)(b) (b) Require the home inspector to file with the department a bond that is furnished by a company authorized to do business in this state and is in an amount approved by the department.
440.978 History History: 1997 a. 81.
440.978 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 134, Wis. adm. code.
440.979 440.979 Report by department. The department shall submit an annual report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) that describes all of the following:
440.979(1) (1) The number of home inspectors who are registered under this subchapter.
440.979(2) (2) The number and nature of complaints regarding home inspections that are received by the department from clients of home inspectors.
440.979(3) (3) The number and nature of complaints regarding home inspections that are received by the department from persons who are not clients of home inspectors.
440.979(4) (4) An estimate of the cost of complying with this subchapter that is incurred by home inspectors.
440.979(5) (5) The cost incurred by the department in carrying out its duties under this subchapter.
440.979 History History: 1997 a. 81; 1999 a. 32 s. 311.
440.979 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 134, Wis. adm. code.
subch. XII of ch. 440 SUBCHAPTER XII
SANITARIANS
440.98 440.98 Sanitarians; qualifications, duties, registration.
440.98(1)(1) Definitions. In this section:
440.98(1)(a) (a) "Municipality" means a county, city or village.
440.98(1)(b) (b) "Sanitarian" means an individual who, through education, training or experience in the natural sciences and their application and through technical knowledge of prevention and control of preventable diseases, is capable of applying environmental control measures so as to protect human health, safety and welfare.
440.98(2) (2)Registration qualifications. In order to safeguard life, health and property, to promote public welfare and to establish the status of those persons whose duties in environmental sanitation call for knowledge of the natural sciences, the department may establish minimum standards and qualifications for the registration of sanitarians.
440.98(3) (3)Sanitarians; employment or contractual services. Any agency of the state may employ or contract for the services of sanitarians, registered under this section, who shall enforce the public health statutes under chs. 250 to 256 or rules promulgated under those statutes.
440.98(5) (5)Registration. Except as provided in s. 440.12 or 440.13, the department shall register as a sanitarian any person who satisfies the conditions in sub. (6) and who has presented evidence satisfactory to the department that sanitarian registration standards and qualifications of the department, as established by rule, have been met.
440.98(6) (6)Applications. An application for a sanitarian registration under this section shall be made on a form provided by the department and filed with the department and shall be accompanied by the initial credential fee determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a). The renewal date for a sanitarian registration is specified under s. 440.08 (2) (a), and the renewal fee for such registration is determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a).
440.98(7) (7)Reciprocity. The department may by rule set standards for sanitarians registered in other states to practice as registered sanitarians in this state.
440.98(8) (8)Revocation of registration. The department may, after a hearing held in conformance with ch. 227, revoke, deny, suspend, or limit under this subchapter the registration of any sanitarian, or reprimand the sanitarian, for practice of fraud or deceit in obtaining the registration or any unprofessional conduct, incompetence, or professional negligence.
440.98(9) (9)Forfeiture. In addition to or in lieu of a reprimand or a denial, limitation, suspension, or revocation of a registration under sub. (8), the department may assess against any person a forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each violation under sub. (8).
440.98 History History: 1975 c. 414 s. 28; 1977 c. 29, 418; 1983 a. 189; 1985 a. 182 s. 57; 1987 a. 27; 1993 a. 27 s. 223; Stats. 1993 s. 250.05; 1997 a. 191, 237; 1999 a. 9; 2005 a. 25 ss. 2120 to 2128; Stats. 2005 s. 440.70; 2005 a. 25 ss. 2121 to 2130, 2336m, 2337; 2005 a. 254 s. 35; 2007 a. 20, 130.
440.98 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. SPS 174, 175, 176, and 177, Wis. adm. code.
subch. XIII of ch. 440 SUBCHAPTER XIII
LICENSED MIDWIVES
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)