Realtors assoc. issues new guidance for rental showings

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Posted at 8:22 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 22:06:57-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland REALTORS, the trade association representing real estate professionals in the state, has put out new guidance for showing rental properties amid the pandemic.

WMAR-2 News' Mallory Sofastaii reported on renters' concerns that prospective tenants could bring the coronavirus inside their homes, but they are legally bound to permit landlords to show their units.

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After her report aired, Governor Larry Hogan's Office said they would work with Maryland REALTORS to issue guidance relating to this issue.

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On Saturday, Maryland REALTORS sent this memo to their members.

They're recommending members:

  • Consult with their attorney to review the terms of the lease and any local laws/orders affecting a landlord's rights
  • Conduct virtual showings when possible
  • If virtual showings are not possible, conducting in-person showings by appointment only after consulting with the tenant
  • Following CDC guidelines and other listed advice when conducting in-person showings
  • With no court access to enforce legal rights, landlords and tenants should reach safe and reasonable accommodations when possible.

The guidance, however, does not prohibit in-person showings as seen in other states, such as Colorado, where the Attorney General has interpreted their governor's stay-at-home order to not include in-person showings or open houses as a critical or essential service.

Sofastaii reached out to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's Office. She was told the governor provides guidance in this situation.

A spokesperson with Maryland REALTORS said the new guidance has been shared with the Governor’s administration.

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