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.
The holidays are upon us and the end of the year looms. Looking back at the formal violations the committee has addressed so far this year, it is interesting to note that they were all regarding misuse of a lockbox.
This is one of the most serious violations and carries a maximum fine of up to $15,000, as well as potential expulsion from RMLS. It’s critical to remember to only access a lockbox in accordance with showing instructions and that only a lockbox owner may grant access codes.
- RMLS SentriLock SentriKey Authorized User Agreement
- RMLS Rules and Regulations (Sections 3.2, 7.1, and 5.1 address associated topics)
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 October of 2022.
Listings missing Tax ID information are consistently the top informal violation within RMLSweb. Sometimes the missing tax information is due to an error of omission. Other times, it may be because the listing is a new construction property that does not yet have a tax ID number available. Data Accuracy sends courtesy notices out to remind agents of the need to provide the tax information (when available).
The chart below shows the next three most frequent informal violations from October 2022.
This pie chart shows the remainder of the informal violations last month.
Data Accuracy Department Statistics
- Listings Reviewed: 15,383
- Notices Sent: 2,880
- Violation Notices Received: 299
- Courtesy Notices Sent: 2,302
- Phone Calls Received: 389
How to Report Violations
Subscribers have multiple options to report violations, including a Report Issue button on every RMLSweb listing. Subscribers can email our Data Accuracy team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 503.395.1916. When there are increases in specific violation types, we sometimes place notifications on RMLSweb.