A friend told me a story tonight about a friend of his.
He's remodeling a big old house that was too big to rent to one family,
so he, or the owner before him, has broken it up into 4 or 5 apartments.
The building inspector, or perhaps a Section 8 inspector, came out
today, and told him something he had done wrong, something about the
number of rooms, and the friend of my friend said, "Okay, I'll fix that.
Is there anything else I should change?" and the inspector said, "Well,
it would be unethical to say."
This story must have lost something in transmission. Can any of you
imagine what the inspector was talking about, what might be unethical?
Yes, and most times, inspectors are paid to check things and not make
recommendations. They could get into trouble if the person followed what he
thought the inspector told him and something happened.
That could be, but the term "unethical" would be the wrong term. I guess
that is why the guy is a building inspector.
I read all the replies and think that's the best explanation.
About all they should really do is point out what does /not/ meet code
and leave it it that.
OTOH: The inspector /might/ have been making a sarcastic comment in that
when the owner asked what else they should change...
the inspector might have been thinking "your face"!
Personally, I think he meant "irresponsible" not unethical, or "not
allowed in my profesisnal capacity to advise" not unethical. Just a guess.
BUT! sounds intriguing, there may be some things you can, or need, to do.
I thought they could at least advise what NOT to do, though.
Ouch. Right, hitting hand on side of head! And, English is my first
My main gripe is the 'new' ethics with NO sense of accountability that is
rampant. The concept that it is ok to do anything as long as you don't get
caught. It has become 'the getting cuaght' that renders the act unethical,
not the act itself.
That's what my friend thought his friend met, and I'll bet that IS what
he meant .
The house owner said "Okay, I'll fix that.
Is there anything else I should change?" [anything else that is not up
and the inspector said, "Well, it would be unethical to say."
PIco is right. He either used the wrong word, or I would add, he
misunderstood the question.
It's like when you call Verizon and complain about something, they
always end up asking, "Is there anything else I can help you with?"
That question is as unnecessary as the property owner's "Is there
anything else I should change." The customer is going to go on to his
next request whether the Verizon-rep asks or not, and the building
inspector is going to list all his complaints whether the house-owner
asks or not.
So the inspector figures, at least subconsciously, that the question he
heard must have been a different type of question than it really was,
like asking for a loophole, and helping an owner find loopholes** like
gf suggests, really is unethical
**As opposed to approving a house that might have failed were it not for
an exception in the law, which just happened to apply, rather than the
owner going out of his way to make it apply.
The closest example in my life is when my deck was rotting and I was
tearing it down, and I notice that the 20 inches that were under the
secon floor overhang were still good. So I cut off everything else, and
put a fascia? board in front, a face board?. I measure the height and
it was just low enough that i didn't need steps. Then the day I
finished painting, I meaured again and somehow it had gotten higher.
The inspector was coming as early as that day. I had no time or
inclination to build steps. So since I couldn't lower the deck, I
rasised the earth. I bought a bag of topsoil and spreat it in front of
the deck. It got me another quarter or half inch. I don't know if he
really measured or just eye-balled it, but the decklet passed.
Howeer if it was the inspector's idea for me to buy dirt, maybe that
would be thought unethical to tell me.
Maybe I will build steps eventually, instead of having to jump down 30?
inches, but I didn't have to do it that morning.
On Friday, October 31, 2014 9:46:23 PM UTC-4, micky wrote:
You have an inspector who said something to a homeowner. The homeowner
told a friend. The friend told you. You told us....
Who knows exactly what was asked and said. It's very possible that
what really went on is somewhat different.
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