Ontario Government Launches Consultations to Modernize Real Estate Law
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Ontario Reviews Real Estate and Business Brokers Act for the first time in 15 years
Oakville North-Burlington – Ontario’s Government for the People is seeking public input to modernize laws governing real estate professionals to better reflect today’s market, reduce red tape, and strengthen transparency and consumer protection. Under today’s rules, for example, in multiple offer situations a broker representing a seller can only disclose the number of competing offers on the property to every person who has made an offer but cannot disclose the competing prices. The government will be looking at rules such as this during the consultations and review to determine how best to modernize.
Ontarians can have their say by filling out an online survey at www.ontario.ca/RealEstateAct. The government is also looking for feedback on a consultation paper posted to the Ontario Regulatory Registry at www.ontariocanada.com/registry. Both the survey and feedback on the consultation paper will close on March 15, 2019.
Quotes by Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP
“It has been almost two decades since the last comprehensive review of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act. The market has drastically changed since then.”
“Our government is looking for input from the public, including homeowners, renters and real estate professionals about strengthening the legislation so the people of Oakville North-Burlington and across Ontario are better served.”
- The Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 regulates real estate and business brokerages and the individual brokers and salespersons who are employed by a brokerage.
- Ontario real estate brokerages, brokers and salespersons must be registered with the Real Estate Council of Ontario that administers and enforces the act.
- In 2017, there were over 82,000 registered real estate brokerages, brokers and salespersons.
- Real estate is an important part of the provincial economy, representing approximately $95.5 billion in home sales in 2017.
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