It is important that we work to preserve the integrity of the profession and the trust and satisfaction of clients.
Many of the issues that may arise between Realtors® clients can be addressed with open and constructive communication with that professional and/or the firm’s principal broker. When that doesn’t resolve the issue, a formal ethics complaint may be filed.
Filing a Complaint
Anyone may file an ethics complaint alleging a violation(s) through the local association of Realtors® where a Realtor® holds membership or participates in a Realtor® association-owned/operated Multiple Listing Service (MLS). In Delaware, this would be the Kent County Association of Realtors®, the Sussex County Association of Realtors®, or the New Castle County Board of Realtors®.
In addition, Realtors® agree, as a condition of membership, to arbitrate contractual disputes and specific noncontractual disputes as provided for in Article 17 of the NAR Code of Ethics.
Detailed resources and related information are available here.
The documents below are available to individuals contemplating filing a complaint against a Realtor®. Dispute resolution procedures followed by associations when an ethics complaint is filed are explained in the following documents:
REALTORS® also agree, as a condition of membership, to arbitrate contractual disputes and specific noncontractual disputes as provided for in Article 17 of the NAR Code of Ethics. Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a legal technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts. It is a settlement technique in which a third party reviews the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding for both sides.
Resources to guide you through these processes are available here.
Mediation involves the skillful intervention of a third-party professional to help resolve disputes that arise between two or more parties; all parties must agree to the solution. It is less expensive, timelier, confidential, more flexible, and it preserves the relationship.
Click here to access a field guide to mediation and conflict resolution.