Many associations and brokerages have become early warning systems for safety issues, alerting their members or agents to anything from suspicious characters posing as homebuyers to con artists burglarizing homes during showings to hazards potentially affecting properties. Yet there’s a legal risk to trying to do the right thing.
Over the years, NAR Legal Affairs has received calls from associations and brokerages that have been threatened with lawsuits, and others that have gone through litigation because of safety warnings they issued. A poorly worded warning can expose the issuer of the warning to claims ranging from defamation of character to interference with a sale to violations of the Fair Housing Act. So how do you protect yourself from liability?
Click here for tips on how to minimize your exposure while keeping your members and agents safe and prosperous.