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March 6, 2014

Two North Shore home inspectors fined

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Home Inspectors has taken action against six home inspectors in the state, including two on the North Shore, for violating rules and regulations.

Harold E. Popp of Middleton agreed to pay a $2,000 fine after he allegedly included a clause in a Beverly home inspection report that “attempted to limit his liability,” according to a statement from the board.

In addition, the board said Popp included cost estimates for repairs noted in the report.

Jerry Dimuro of Peabody allegedly failed to include certain findings in his report of a home inspection in Wakefield, according to the statement.

Dimuro agreed to complete six hours of continuing education, which includes courses on report writing and the standards of practice, within 90 days of the agreement’s effective date, the board said.

He will also pay a $1,000 fine.

The Board of Registration of Home Inspectors is responsible for ensuring that licensed home inspectors have proper training and experience through an Associate Home Inspector program, and that each home inspection performed meets certain minimum requirements, the release said.

There are approximately 480 licensed home inspectors in Massachusetts, according to the board.

Terri Ogan can be reached at 978-338-2660, via email at togan@salemnews.com or on Twitter @terriogan.

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