Governor Cuomo Extends State of Emergency, Cold Calling Still Prohibited
Governor Cuomo extended the State of Emergency to December 3, 2020. As a result, licensees are still required to abide by all such guidance, directives and industry phased reopening that are currently in place.
Licensees are still prohibited from making any cold calls. Real estate licensees may not make any unsolicited phone calls to a member of the public during a State of Emergency. General Business Law §399-z(5)(a) states “It shall be unlawful for any telemarketer doing business in this state to knowingly make an unsolicited telemarketing sales call to any person in a county, city, town or village under a declared state of emergency or disaster emergency as described in sections twenty-four or twenty-eight of the executive law.” All other types of marketing such as mailers, billboards, social media, internet etc., are permitted. You may call a FSBO if you have an identifiable purchaser interested in the property. You are prohibited from calling the FSBO to solicit the listing. You may still perform business to business calls so long as you are calling the number provided as the business number.
Governor Cuomo Extends Ban on Residential Evictions
Governor Cuomo announced he was extending the ban on residential tenant evictions through the end of 2020. The Tenant Safe Harbor Act, which safeguards residential tenants from eviction if they are suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19, has been extended until January 1, 2021. The ban on evictions due to the pandemic has been in place since the start of the emergency declaration.
On November 3, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.7 extending to December 3, 2020, the permission of electronic notarization. NYSAR supports allowing virtual notarization and has urged the governor to extend its allowance. For more information on the Department of State website, click here.
President Stevenson Speaks at NAR BOD
5/15/20 – NYSAR President Jennifer Stevenson gives an inspiring speech at the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting today. Thank you to President Stevenson for representing the over 59,000 members of NYSAR.
Be Alert for Scammers
4/16/20 – If you have filed for unemployment benefits and are waiting for a call back from the New York State Department of Labor, please be cautious about providing personal information to callers.
CARES Act and What is Means for REALTORS®
3/27/20 – The CARES Act includes several provisions and programs that will provide direct relief to consumers and REALTORS® alike.
COVID-19 Addendum to the Residential Purchase Contract
3/19/20- As part of the Statewide Forms Library initiative, NYSAR has developed the “COVID-19 ADDENDUM TO RESIDENTIAL PURCHASE CONTRACT”