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Stop holding strata council meetings, open houses, says B.C. real estate regulator

Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) the latest in recommending an end to strata council meetings and open houses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is how strata meeting rooms should look during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is how strata meeting rooms should look during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The province’s real estate regulatory body is advising local strata councils not to hold meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The call from the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) comes on the heels of recommendations from various real estate organizations — including the BC Real Estate Association and some local real estate boards — to stop holding open houses. 

"In light of the recommendations from government, and the significant health and professional risks, RECBC is advising real estate professionals to avoid open houses, in-person showings, and strata council annual general meetings at this time" said RECBC's CEO, Erin Seeley in a press release.

"This is an extraordinary situation and we must put public health first. While we are aware that this may have a significant impact on business practices for real estate professionals and consumers, we must continue to prioritize public safety." 

RECBC has a mandate from the provincial government to protect the public by enforcing the licensing and licensee conduct requirements under the Real Estate Services Act.  

For information on COVID-19 and the provision of real estate services, RECBC recommends visiting COVID-19 and Real Estate Services.

Read more of our COVID-19 coverage here.

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