Florida bill HB 1399 would require the licensing of mold assessors and mold remediators. This bill passed the House Business Regulation Committee unanimously on March 29, 2007 and goes to the full House Jobs and Entrepreneurship Council.
Should the bill pass the Council, it will go to the Policy & Budget Council. HB 1399 provides for regulation by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) of home inspectors & mold remediators & mold assessors. Effective date would be July 1, 2010.
Currently, home inspectors are not regulated in the state of Florida. Additionally, there are numerous companies in Florida that hold themselves out to be mold assessors or mold remediators or conduct mold related services. There are no state licensure or regulatory requirements to be a mold assessor or mold remediator.
HB 1399 creates regulation of home inspectors, mold assessors, and mold remediators and provides for the creation of a regulatory program to be located in the DBPR. The bill creates a regulatory scheme, provides definitions, scope of practice, employment guidelines, continuing education, accountability, rules, licensure, fees, and penalties.
Also, after 3 years of legislative negotiation, the Florida Legislature passed a bill, FL SB 2234, requiring the licensing of home inspectors, mold assessors and mold remediators on May 4, 2007. The bill authorizes the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPF) to regulate home inspectors, mold remediators and mold assessors. The bill has been sent to the Governor and would become law with his signature.