First Quarter 2019


Get up-to-date information on legal and regulatory issues affecting New York State’s REALTORS® and the latest on court decisions affecting the industry.

First Quarter 2019

NYC Sexual Harassment Law Requires Sexual Harassment Training for Independent Contractors
On May 9, 2018, Mayor de Blasio signed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act into law. This is a different law than the one passed by New York State but has some similar requirements.

Sale and Rental Transactions Are Not Subject to Requirement of New Smoke Detector Law
Despite several media outlets in New York reporting that sales and rentals of real property are subject to the requirements of a new smoke detector law that goes into effect on April 1, 2019, this is information inaccurate.

Listing Broker Found By Court Not To Be Responsible For Error On Listing Regarding Amount Of Property Tax
A recent New York State Supreme Court case found that a corporate broker and their individual agents were not liable to purchasers in a deal where incorrect property taxes were put on the listing and on the deal sheet prepared by the listing broker.

Otto v. Hearst Communs., Inc.
A recent federal District Court case of Otto v. Hearst Communs., Inc., (SDNY 2018), found in favor of a copyright holder of a photograph that was shared with the copyright holder’s friend via text message and ended up being published in several media outlets.

Read the latest articles of interest from the National Association of REALTORS®:

No Commission for Unlicensed Individual
New Hampshire federal court rules that individuals who helped arrange the sale of a medical business could not collect a commission from the transaction because he did not hold a New Hampshire real estate license and the transaction involved the acquisition of real estate.

Website Accessibility Case Remanded
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a trial court’s decision to delay consideration of whether a website violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because the U.S. Department of Justice had failed to issue its rules for websites.

Click here for the most recent DOS decisions.