The following Twin Cities communities require Truth-in-Housing inspections prior to listing your home. Each city’s requirements differ in terms of when the inspection and repairs must be done, as well as, who must perform the inspection. Because some cities differ on what they call these inspections, I have noted their terminologies below. Click on your city below to find out the specifics.
Often referred to as TISH inspections, they are different than the standard inspection performed for and paid by most buyers. The TISH inspections are paid for by the seller and mandated by the city to insure certain hazards do not exist. Examples of these hazards may be smoke detectors, railings, plumbing, electrical, etc. The city will give a report to the seller stating all the items that have been checked and what condition they are in. Generally anything marked as “Hazardous” will need to be repaired by the seller prior to sale. Once the seller does repair these items the city will re-inspect them and give the seller a certificate that the work has been done that they can pass on to the buyer.
Most buyers will still have their own inspection as these inspections tend to include more items than the city inspections – such as appliances, exterior grading, etc. The TISH inspection should be available for buyers to review along with the Seller’s Property Disclosure during showings.