by Baldev S. Gill, Chief Executive Officer
Serious risks of non-compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols
It has come to the Board’s attention that some members and brokerages are not complying with WorkSafeBC’s required protocols for the real estate industry for the safe return to business during COVID-19.
Per the government’s guidelines, REALTORS® should refrain from holding Open Houses, avoid in-person interactions as much as possible and if showings and tours are necessary, they must adhere to the most up-to-date physical distancing, hygiene and mask requirements.
These strict protocols are in place indefinitely; until BC’s Provincial Health Officer removes them or there is a vaccine.
The risks to you and your business of non-compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols are considerable.
- Violating the Public Health Act can result in fines up to $25,000 and/or jail
- Violating the Public Health Act could contravene The REALTOR® Code; Article 18-Compliance with Statutory Requirements; and, Article 21-Conduct Unbecoming
As Paul Cowhig, FVREB Professional Standards Advisor, outlines in his latest column he is receiving many calls from the public, “Everyone is concerned, everyone has a camera, and they are not shy to share their concerns, on social media, with media…”
As a non-health essential service, REALTORS® must lead by example and follow the province’s mandatory directives.
BC Temporary Rental Supplement (TRS) program extended
The BC government has extended its support for renters and landlords in the province until the end of August.
As we explained in an eMemo in April, the program provides a temporary rental supplement to cover part of the rent for low and moderate income renters who have lost income as a result of COVID-19.
People who have already been approved for the TRS do not need to reapply. New applications will also be accepted until August 31, 2020.