The ASHI Code of Ethics Committee is charged with developing ethics education and awareness for ASHI members and answering Requests for Interpretation (RFI) of our Code of Ethics.
When serious questions arise about the intent and applicability of the revised code, members are encouraged to review previous requests and responses on the ASHI Members-Only website under Resources. If there has not been a request for an interpretation to a similar situation, please submit your question using the required RFI form, which can be found under Downloads/ASHI Forms & Documents. We will continue to provide the members with the committee's response to the questions posed by their fellow home inspectors. This response is based on the new Code of Ethics, approved in June 2004.
Request for Interpretation e111018
I would like to sponsor a table ($300) at a breakfast awards program at a real estate office. There will be additional sponsors other than home inspectors who will have tables. Does this table violate CoE 1C? Does buying a table at a breakfast awards program for a real estate office differ from buying a table at a home show or street fair?Response:
This is not a violation of the ASHI Code of Ethics if the ASHI member's purchase of the $300 table is not exclusive. Is the program open to all home inspectors in the service area? If other inspectors have the opportunity but choose not to participate, that is their marketing decision; however, if our member has been assured an exclusive, and if this exclusive right to market also comes with an assurance that his position on any in-house referral list will be placed above other qualified inspectors, then it is a violation of CoE 1C.Reference: ASHI CoE:
Date of Response 11/06/11
ASHI Ethics Committee