Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

To view the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, click here.

1. If you wish to file an ethics complaint against a REALTOR®, download and print out the Ethics Complaint Package. The package contains a cover letter, the complaint form, an explanation of the enforcement process and a copy of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

2. Check out the Ethics Citation program which speeds up the complaint process. View the procedures used to adminster the Ethics Citation Program.

3. ECAR also has an

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

In order to provide enhanced communications and initial problem-solving capacity for disputes between the public and REALTORS® as well as between REALTORS®, the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors adopted an Ombudsman program, an optional professional standard procedure developed by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Many “complaints” received by associations do not expressly allege violations of specific Articles of the Code of Ethics, and many do not detail conduct related to the Code. Some “complaints” are actually transactional, technical, or procedural questions readily responded to.

It is the ECAR Board of Director’s belief that many ethics complaints might be averted with enhanced communications and initial problem-solving capacity at the local level. These ombudsman procedures are intended to provide that capacity.

Role of ombudsmen

The ombudsman’s role is primarily one of communication and conciliation, not adjudication. Ombudsmen do not determine whether ethics violations have occurred, rather they anticipate, identify, and resolve misunderstandings and disagreements before matters ripen into disputes and possible charges of unethical conduct.
Involving the ombudsman

Persons filing complaints, or inquiring about the process for filing ethics complaints, will be advised that ombudsman services are available to attempt to informally resolve their complaint. Such persons will also be advised that they may decline ombudsman services and can have their complaint referred to ethics mediation (if available), or considered at a formal ethics hearing.

If the complainant elects to use an ombudsman, one of the ombudsmen is assigned to the matter by the Chief Executive Officer. Ombudsmen can field and respond to a wide variety of inquires and complaints, including general questions about real estate practice, transaction details, ethical practice, and enforcement issues. Ombudsmen can also receive and respond to questions and complaints about members; can contact members to inform them that a client or customer has raised a question or issue; and can contact members to obtain information necessary to provide an informed response.

If you would like to request the services of an ombudsman, download, complete and return the Ombudsman Request Form.

Confidentiality of ombudsman process

The allegations, discussions and decisions made in ombudsman proceedings are confidential and shall not be reported or published by the board, any member of a tribunal, or any party under any circumstances except those established in the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual of the National Association as from time to time amended.

Resolution of complaints

If a matter complained of is resolved to the mutual satisfaction of all parties through the efforts of an ombudsman, the formal ethics complaint brought initially (if any) will be dismissed.

 

4. Also, you may wish to review the National Association of REALTORS® Resources for Ethics Complaints, Arbitration Requests and Related Information