Home inspector must pay $200,000 to homeowners
Published Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:50PM PST
A home inspector ordered to pay nearly $200,000 to a North Vancouver couple says he may appeal the decision.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled Imre Toth was "negligent" and provided "woefully inadequate" estimates after his inspection of a home the couple bought in September 2006.
Toth's inspection said the home needed repairs totaling about $20,000. The final repairs ended up costing ten times the original amount -- $200,000.
"This isn't over yet," Toth told ctvbc.ca in a telephone interview Wednesday.
"We are within our rights to make an appeal."
The judge ruled the buyers would not have bought the $1 million home if they were aware of the structural problems of the home, including rotting beams.
Another inspection found water seeping from a beam, as well as several cases of fungus growing around the home.
Toth is a member of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (BC), a self-regulating association that licenses its members.
On April 1 it became mandatory for anyone offering house inspection services in the province to be licensed, with all inspectors to carry $1 million in errors and omissions insurance.
With files from The Canadian Press