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Introduced House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Septic system inspection before property transfer. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2022, before a fee simple interest in a dwelling connected to a residential onsite sewage system, a nondwelling structure connected to a commercial onsite sewage system, or a lot or tract of land containing a water well in addition to a residential or commercial onsite sewage system may be transferred: (1) the residential or commercial onsite sewage system must be inspected by a qualified inspector and (if applicable) water from the water well must be tested by a qualified tester; (2) a document certifying that the inspection or testing Septic system inspection before property transfer. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2022, before a fee simple interest in a dwelling connected to a residential onsite sewage system, a nondwelling structure connected to a commercial onsite sewage system, or a lot or tract of land containing a water well in addition to a residential or commercial onsite sewage system may be transferred: (1) the residential or commercial onsite sewage system must be inspected by a qualified inspector and (if applicable) water from the water well must be tested by a qualified tester; (2) a document certifying that the inspection or testing has been conducted and setting forth the results of the inspection or testing must be provided to the local health department, the county recorder, and the person to whom the fee simple interest is being transferred; and (3) any cause of failure of the residential or commercial onsite sewage system must be eliminated before the county recorder may record a deed transferring a fee simple interest in the property. Provides exceptions. Provides that the failure of the owner of the dwelling, nondwelling structure, or lot or tract of land on which a water well is located to provide the document to the transferee or prospective transferee: (1) is a complete defense to an action brought by the owner against the prospective transferee for breach of a contract to purchase the property; and (2) is a breach of a legal duty owed to the transferee for which the transferee may bring a civil action against the owner for compensatory damages. Provides that if an inspection indicates that a dwelling's residential onsite sewage system exhibits any conditions constituting failure, or the testing of water from the water well indicates a reportable presence of arsenic, nitrate, lead, or coliform bacteria: (1) the owner of the dwelling shall state the results of the inspection or testing in the disclosure form that the owner is required to prepare before an offer for the sale of the dwelling is accepted; and (2) the failure of the seller to state this information in the disclosure form makes the sale of the dwelling voidable at the election of the buyer, even after the closing. Requires the state department of health to adopt rules establishing: (1) requirements and standards for inspections and testing; (2) qualifications for inspectors and testers; and (3) requirements and standards for the training and certification of inspectors and testers. ... View more