Revisions to Authorization to Exclude Form, Policies Set to Roll Out Starting Next Week



The RMLS™ Rules Committee has finalized revisions to the Office Exclusive/Authorization to Exclude Addendum. These changes—which will impact the form itself and the RMLS™ Rules and Regulations—were approved by the RMLS™ Board of Directors and will start rolling out next week.

Most notably, the form will have a new title: Authorization to Exclude from MLS Addendum. Clients listing a property who wish to exclude their property from RMLS™ will now need to initial their understanding of specific components.  These components remind sellers about the value of listing their property on a multiple listing service.

The RMLS™ Rules and Regulations will see some slight adjustments due to this rollout, mostly related to the form’s title change.

View associated documents below:

Subscribers are advised to switch to using the new forms immediately. It will take some time for the changes to be reflected outside the RMLS™ system (for example, OREF zipForms), but RMLS™ is working hard to get changes reflected across all platforms as quickly as possible.

Questions about the revised Authorization to Exclude from MLS Addendum? Contact RMLS™ Data Accuracy at (503) 236-7657.


6 Responses to “Revisions to Authorization to Exclude Form, Policies Set to Roll Out Starting Next Week”

  1. Jim September 19, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    Other than the name change, you didn’t describe any change or why… (?)

  2. Garett Chadney September 19, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    The “Authorization to Exclude from MLS Addendum REDLINE” link is not working (file not found).

    • Christina Smestad September 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      We found the issue to the broken link and have fixed it. Please give it another try.

      • Rick Jenkins September 20, 2016 at 9:30 am #

        Hi Christina, link to redline contracts is still not working. It is going to the rules and regs.

  3. John M. Kearney September 20, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    The bulk of the changes in this form seem like a bunch of make-work to me. It’s going to be fun dropping this little ditty into DocuSign for all those initials. Will the extra sets of Seller(s) initials stop any abuse or make the Seller(s) any more aware of what’s happening with their listing if it doesn’t go on the MLS? I’m thinking no in both cases. A set of initials at the bottom of the first page and a signature on the second page would be sufficient. The listing contract uses that format and there’s a lot more legally binding verbiage in the listing contract than in an exclusion form.

    I’ll refrain from picking apart the punctuation, but if you’re going to edit a form, please check the grammar. Here’s a bit of the form: “By signing below, Seller(s) acknowledge that Seller(s) have a valid reason to exclude property from the MLS. Have read, understand, accepted and received a copy of this form.” You have to take these sentences in their entirety. It’s sloppy drafting to start the second sentence with “[h]ave read.” Please consider re-writing this and combining the sentences or change that sentence to start “Seller(s) have read . . . .”

    Also, do the Sellers need to have a valid reason to exclude? If so, what constitutes validity and who determines it? Do we need to find it out, write it down, etc.? We’re already the Oregon Department of Woodstoves and Smoke Alarms enforcement wing. Why not add some more duties?

    We pay for these changes and, in my humble opinion (formed by several years of law school and law practice), the extra initials are an exercise in futility for brokers and clients. Putting initials at every paragraph isn’t going to stop brokers from abusing clients. Rather than educate the clients, it will probably turn them off even more about having to deal with eight more set of initials.

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