On December 1st, the below MLS Rules & Regulation changes will go into effect.
7.12 Unilateral Contractual Offer; Sub-agency Optional. In filing a property with the MLS, the broker participant makes a blanket unilateral contractual offer of compensation to the other MLS broker participants for their services in selling the property. Except as set forth in Rule 7.15 below a broker participant must specify some compensation to be paid to either a buyer’s agent or a subagent and the offer of compensation must be stated in one, or a combination of, the following forms (1) a percentage of the gross selling price; or (2) a definitedollar amount of zero or greater. The amount of compensation offered through the MLS may not contain any provision that varies the amount of compensation offered based on conditions precedent or subsequent or on any performance, activity or event. In the event there are any service fees or administrative costs, etc to be imposed on buyer’s agent’s compensation, any such reductions should be factored in as a reduced amount the listing broker initially offers to a buyer broker and may not be made a condition of the offer. Furthermore, the MLS reserves the right to remove a listing from the MLS database that does not conform to the requirements of this section. At the broker participant’s option, a broker participant may limit his or her offer of compensation to buyer’s agents only, to subagents only, or make the offer of compensation to both. Any such limitations must be specified on the property data form and in the MLS. The amount of compensation offered to buyers’ agents or subagents may be the same or different but must be clearly specified on the property data profile sheet. Broker participants wishing to offer subagency to the other MLS broker participants must so specify on the property data profile sheet and on the MLS, otherwise, the offer of compensation does not constitute an offer of subagency. For “commercial for lease properties” if the compensation amount varies over time of the lease, it must be specified in the Confidential remarks in the MLS.
13.7. Listing Broker’s Permission. No Participant or Subscriber may enter a property with or without a lockbox without the listing broker’s permission. Such permission may be granted by the listing broker by specifying permission to use the lockbox through the MLS. Appraiser Participants are expressly prohibited from using lockbox keys to enter a property without either the owner’s or listing broker’s permission.