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 27 specific issues outlined in the RMLS Rules and Regulations, and is responsible for addressing subscriber questions and concerns regarding listing accuracy.
Incomplete or Inaccurate data in a required field is a common violation that triggers notifications because
those fields are left empty, input incorrectly, or have inaccurate information.
These errors can cause a variety of issues:
- Inconsistent listing data with other listings
- Prevents being searchable
- Potential auto-filling problems for forms
As an MLS, one of our most valuable assets is our historical database. Staying on top of listing inaccuracies and correcting them as they happen allows us to more effectively manage the immense amount of data that we make available to subscribers.
Requiring consistency across a set of required fields streamlines many processes for subscribers and MLS staff. Consistency in listings also produces more accurate statistical analysis when comparing data points.
So, the next time you receive a violation for incomplete or inaccurate data, please remember that you are not in trouble, we are just working to maintain a highly accurate and reliable database.
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 reviewed four cases (two lockbox violations, an incorrect listing status, and solicitation of a listing under contract) in September 2023. The total fines equaled $450.
The chart below shows violations that generated at least 15 instances in the past month. Personal Promotion and Incomplete or Inaccurate Information remain the two most common violation types.
Data Accuracy Department Statistics
- Listings Reviewed: 23,436 (-1,935)
- Notices Sent: 2,489 (+59)
- Violation Notices Received: 310 (-62)
- Courtesy Notices Sent: 1,687 (+194)
- Phone Calls Received: 147 (-283)
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.