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Realtor® Legal Tip – what if you have a seller that has a confirmed case of Covid-19 and several people have gone through the home?

June 1, 2020

Author: Curtis Bullock

The NAR has created some excellent guidelines on how to handle this. Give this a read in case you run into this situation.

KEY: Do not reveal the seller client’s identity or the property in any communication unless written consent is obtained.

  1. If the agent was in the physical presence of the seller client within the past 14 days, agent must immediately inform their brokerage HR manager, if applicable that the agent was exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  2. Agent should attempt to obtain the seller client’s written consent to disclose to any agent who toured the client’s property in the past 14 days that an individual residing at the property has a confirmed case of COVID-19. It may not be necessary to identify the name of the individual with the confirmed case, only the property location where an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 resides.
  3. If the seller client’s consent was obtained, the agent should immediately inform any agent who toured the seller client’s property within the past 14 days that an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 resides at the property; agent should recommend that the buyer agent immediately inform their client that toured the property that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  4. If seller client does not provide consent, agent should contact any agents that toured the property within the past 14 days to inform them that they toured a property where an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 resides, but should not disclose the specific property or individual involved.

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