Oct 18, 2020 - 06:18 AM
You main concern appears to be about the appraiser-client relationship. However, to answer your question, the following assumptions need to be made:
1. That you are asking about a subject property,
2. that you personally inspected,
3. that is part of an appraisal assignment, and
4. that the client did not ask you to keep the inspection date confidential, and
5. the inspection date is not classified as confidential information by applicable law or regulation.
The appraiser-client relationship is referenced in the CONFIDENTIALTY section of the ETHICS RULE (line 243 of the 2020-2021 USPAP):
“An appraiser must protect the confidential nature of the appraiser-client relationship.”
In other words: appraisers are expected to act in good faith regarding the legitimate interests of the client in the use of confidential information and in the communication of assignment results. e
In most instances, an inspection date would not need to be kept confidential. An inspection date is not an assignment result. Also, an inspection date of a subject property, would not, in all likelihood, constitute confidential information (since an inspection date is not information provided by the client to the appraiser and, it is not something that is known to be routinely classified as confidential information by law or regulation)*.
However, if a client has requested the appraiser keep confidential the mere fact that an appraisal occurred, and because it is possible that informing someone (besides a client or other intended user) of the inspection date can give away that you did an appraisal- then disclosing that date could, conceivably, be considered not protecting the confidential nature of the appraiser-client relationship.
*Per the 2020-21 USPAP, the DEFINITION of CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION is:
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: information that is either:
• identified by the client as confidential when providing it to an appraiser and that is not available from any
other source; or
• classified as confidential or private by applicable law or regulation.