(a) The delivery of a report or opinion prepared by an engineer, land surveyor, geologist, home inspector, pest control operator, contractor, or other expert, dealing with matters within the scope of the professional’s license or expertise, is sufficient compliance to qualify for the exemption provided by § 5-20.8-9. An expert may indicate, in writing, that the information provided will be used in fulfilling the requirements of this section.
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 5-20.8-8
- Buyer: means any individual or entity seeking to obtain title to real estate from a seller for consideration. See Rhode Island General Laws 5-20.8-1
- Closing: means the time at which real estate is transferred from seller to buyer and consideration is delivered to the seller or to a settlement agent with the intention of imminent delivery upon the recording of pertinent documents and other ministerial acts associated with settlement. See Rhode Island General Laws 5-20.8-1
- in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
- Seller: means any individual or entity seeking to transfer title to real estate to a buyer for consideration. See Rhode Island General Laws 5-20.8-1
(b) A home inspector, pest control operator, or contractor who has provided and/or prepared a report or opinion per subsection (a) may not solicit, in writing or otherwise, to perform work on the property that has been the subject of the inspection to either a buyer or seller who has executed a purchase and sale agreement for the sale/transfer of the property. Nothing in this section restricts a buyer or seller from contacting the home inspector, pest control operator, or contractor for this work to be performed. Nothing in this section restricts the solicitation of work by that home inspector, pest control operator or contractor after the closing on the property as defined in § 5-20.8-1.
(P.L. 1992, ch. 425, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 408, § 1.)