BP ends point-of-sale inspections

Selling a home in Brooklyn Park just got a little easier.

The Brooklyn Park City Council voted Monday to terminate the city’s point-of-sale inspection ordinance. Effective immediately, point of sale inspections are no longer required for homes for sale.

Supporters of the home inspection program said it preserved value in the city’s housing stock. Some realtors and home sellers, on the other hand, said it interfered with private transactions.

With several hundred people still in different stages of the inspection process, city staff says it won’t be easy to phase out the program.

“We sat down and talked through with staff and the city attorney what is the best way to go about this that treats everybody fairly, but also accomplishes the task of shutting this down as quickly as possible,” said Brooklyn Park's director of community development, Jason Aarsvold.

The city council decided to implement the following procedure:

- Point of sale inspections are no longer required.
- Anyone who has applied for an inspection, but has not received one yet, will get a refund.
- Those who have received an inspection will not get a refund, but will not be required to complete the inspection process. The city will complete the inspection process if the homeowner requests it.
- Outstanding escrows and buyers’ agreements will be terminated because compliance is no longer required.

“We think we've addressed most circumstances,” said Aarsvold. “Obviously, there may be some unintended consequences, but we're ready to work through those things and we have people here that will be able to do that.”

As for the two inspectors and staff members dedicated to the Point-of-Sale Inspection Program, Aarsvold said they will be given different responsibilities. He said no one will be laid off and the changes won’t affect Brooklyn Park’s total budget.

Renee Banot

June 4, 2013 



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