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REMINDER: Open Houses Are Currently Not Allowed
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020 @ 07:34 PM

C.A.R. released updated legal guidance on July 2nd, clarifying that traditional open houses are currently NOT permitted in the State of California.


Mandatory industry guidance states: “Discontinue holding open houses and showings open to the general public on a walk-in basis; use an appointment or digital sign-in process to control the number of people in the house or property”


Currently, the only way to show property is by making an appointment in advance. Visitors viewing a house should be from one buying party only and the number of persons in the property is limited by the requirement of social distancing. In addition, the property must be thoroughly cleaned before and after each showing.


Therefore, GLAR will be discontinuing the sale of open house signs in our REALTOR® store until traditional open houses are once again allowed in Los Angeles County and the cities we serve.


Why Are Open Houses Prohibited?

Open houses are generally understood to be on a walk-in basis without needing an appointment. Appointment-based showings are not “open houses” in the general understanding of the industry and the public. Therefore, to present a true picture under Article 12 of the Code of Ethics, REALTORS® should conform to the normal understanding of the term.


REALTORS® should not be putting up Open House signs at all, because if they are advertising a traditional open house they are promoting an unlawful activity, and if they are advertising an “open house” that really isn’t an open house, they are arguably not presenting a true picture in their advertising.


You should NOT be posting open house signs in front of your listings, or advertising traditional in-person open houses anywhere.


How Can I Show Properties?

You may continue showing properties by appointment only, conduct virtual walkthroughs, or conduct virtual tours. Please ensure that you are abiding by any applicable local and state regulations on social distancing, face covering, PPE requirements and cleaning / sanitizing practices for showing property. If you have questions, please ask your broker.



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