RMLS Rules Roundup for August 2021


The Rules Roundup provides a monthly accounting of RMLS rules violations and courtesy notifications. Our Data Accuracy team manages all reports of property listing errors, tracking 34 specific issues outlined in the RMLS Rules and Regulations, and is responsible for addressing subscriber questions and concerns regarding listing accuracy whether those are submitted via the “Report Issue” button on a listing, through email, or by phone. When there are increases in specific violation types, we often place notifications on RMLSweb in order to alert subscribers so that they can avoid violations.


When entering a residential listing, it is important to make sure that the correct property type is listed. There can be some confusion about what the property type should be for a listing. Fortunately, we have a handy document that defines property types that you can bookmark in case you need it.


The RMLS Rules and Regulations Committee reviews all formal complaints which allege a violation of the RMLS Rules and Regulations. The committee has the power to impose sanctions.

The committee did not review any cases in August 2021.


In August 2021, the RMLS Data Accuracy staff reviewed 31,260 listings in addition to the 490 notices sent through the “Report Issue” button on RMLSweb. Of the items reviewed, 1,275 violation notices and 2,018 courtesy notices were sent out. In addition, our team handled 416 phone calls.

Category August
Missing Tax ID 434
Personal Promotion 148
Missing School 124
Incorrect or Missing Information 122
No Showings 65
Missing Owner Name 58
Duplicate Listing 56
Incorrect Status 43
Property Condition 37
Incorrect First Photo 32
Incorrect Property Type 30
Conditions to Compensation 29
Is Property a Condo 27
Listing Input in Incorrect MLS area 17
Partial Bathrooms 5+ 14
Missing Condo Unit Number 10
Inaccurate Lot Size 8
Address Issues 8
City Unknown 3
Duplicate Listing in Different Categories 1

The following are the courtesy notifications sent to RMLS subscribers in August 2021:

Category August
Listing Still Pending 631
Listing is Set to Expire 548
Multiple Owner Names in First Field 360
Listing Status Changed from PEN to SLD > 24 hours 320
New Listing Input Over 24 Hours 90
Listing Still in OMS, Public Records Indicate SLD 69

Questions about RMLS Rules and Regulations or the accuracy of specific listings can be directed to the RMLS Data Accuracy department at dataaccuracy@rmls.com or 503.395.1916.