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THE REALTOR® CODE OF ETHICS

Realtors® pledge to abide by a strict Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics imposes duties above and in addition to those imposed by law or regulation on real estate professionals by the State of Utah.

FILE AN ETHICS COMPLAINT

Step 1.  Anyone can file an ethics complaint. Please download the Complaint Form on this page.
Step 2. Please submit your completed complaint form to Holly@slrealtors.com.
Step 3. Holly Robbins will contact you once your complaint has been evaluated by the Salt Lake Board of Realtors® Grievance Committee. This process usually takes one to two weeks.
Step 4. An Ethics Hearing will be scheduled per the Grievance Committee’s recommendation. Please be aware that you will be asked to attend the Ethics Hearing.

The Board can discipline Realtor® members for violating the Code of Ethics. Typical forms of discipline include attendance at educational courses, monetary fines, or suspension or termination of membership for serious or repeated violations.

The Board cannot require Realtors® to pay money to parties filing ethics complaints, nor suspend or revoke a real estate professional’s license. Ethics complaints must be filed with the Board within one hundred eighty (180) days from the time a complainant reasonably should have known potentially unethical conduct took place.

MEDIATION

(Between Realtor® Members Only)
Mediation is a facilitated negotiation. It is a method of resolving disputes by bringing the disputing parties together with a neutral third party (the mediator) and negotiating through the mediator to come to a mutually acceptable resolution. The Board will mediate any dispute that could also be arbitrated under Article 17 of the Code of Ethics, mainly contractual disputes between opposing brokers which arose out of their relationship as Realtors®. The Board will also arbitrate certain non-contractual disputes between opposing brokers (procuring cause disputes).
When the parties come to an agreement they will put the terms of that agreement into a contract with the help of the mediator. The contract then becomes legally enforceable. The Board does not mediate disputes between buyers and sellers, but Realtor® members only. If a buyer and seller would like to mediate, or their contract dictates that they “shall” mediate, a list of potential mediators in the state of Utah can be found on the Utah Courts web site: http://www.utcourts.gov/mediation/roster/bios.asp

ARBITRATION

(Between Realtor® Members Only)
If the parties do not come to a resolution during the mediation, then the matter could be taken to arbitration. Mediation is often preferred to arbitration because involved parties may walk away at any time should they not be satisfied with the mediation proceedings. Arbitration, on the other hand, is a formal hearing. The decision reached by the hearing panel cannot typically be overturned or appealed. All Realtor® members are required to Arbitrate under Article 17 of the Code of Ethics. Frequently, when a request to arbitrate is received by the SLBR, and both parties involved agree, mediation is attempted before the case is taken to formal arbitration. Again, mediation for members is optional, while arbitration is not. Contact staff to further discuss your particular case.

CONTACT US
Professional Standards Coordinator | Holly Robbins | 801-542-8856 | Holly@slrealtors.com