A company has two offices in two different board jurisdictions. Principal broker A belongs to board A (where firm A is located) and principal broker B in the same company belongs to board B (where the firm’s branch office is located). A salesman who works in broker A’s office decides to hold primary membership in board B pursuant to the board of choice policies. Can broker B be automatically joined in any Code of Ethics complaint against the salesperson?

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  • A company has two offices in two different board jurisdictions. Principal broker A belongs to board A (where firm A is located) and principal broker B in the same company belongs to board B (where the firm’s branch office is located). A salesman who works in broker A’s office decides to hold primary membership in board B pursuant to the board of choice policies. Can broker B be automatically joined in any Code of Ethics complaint against the salesperson?

Several years ago the NAR Professional Standards Committee abolished the policy that allowed local boards as a matter of local option to automatically join a REALTOR® (principal) in any complaint against a REALTOR® (non-principal). Consequently, the salesperson would be the only respondent in the ethics complaint unless the complainant names principal broker B as a co-respondent in the complaint, or if the Grievance Committee believes there is potential culpability on broker B’s part.

Source: TAR

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