Earlier in March, RECO issued an e-blast to brokers of record and branch managers regarding new rules for handling written offers; the new rules stem from Bill 55, the Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2013. In response to feedback from brokers of record and branch managers, RECO has updated the fact sheet.
New rules for handling written offers come into effect on July 1, 2015. Your brokerage must create processes and policies that comply with these legislative changes.
RECO has prepared a detailed fact sheet about the changes. All registrants should review it so that they can ensure compliance as of July 1, 2015.
Here is an outline of the changes:
• Offers must be made in writing. Please keep in mind that a written offer must be signed to be valid.
• A registrant cannot indicate that they have an offer, unless they have a written offer.
• The seller’s brokerage must keep a record of all written offers that it receives.
• RECO is developing a process to confirm the number of offers that were received for a property.
RECO will provide updates between now and July 1 in response to questions that registrants submit.
(Note: OREA will design a new form for brokerages to use to comply with the requirements of Bill 55. Stay tuned for more information.)