GRAR Member Update
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
In today's update:

  • NYSAR COVID-19 Disclosure Form
  • Health Screening
NYSAR PHASE 2 COVID-19 DISCLOSURE
NYSAR has updated the COVID-19 Disclosure form we first shared in the April 23 GRAR Member Update for Phase 2.

This form is available for your use.  GRAR’s recommendation is that you check with your broker and/or attorney before using this form. GRAR is not taking a position on this form since it has not gone through our normal process of review, comment, and vetting by the REALTOR®/Bar Committee, Monroe County Bar Association, and GRAR Board of Directors.
Click the form to download the PDF.
The form is also available on the GRAR Portal and TransactionDesk.
Health Screening
As part of Phase 2, brokers must have each independent contractor/employee/visitor complete a health screening on a daily basis prior to entering the office.  

Additionally, licensees should have the seller/buyer/landlord/tenant answer screening questions if a property is going to be shown. Below, please find guidance on the screening questions.
NYSAR FAQ Question on Health Screenings
 Q - Is there a screening questionnaire provided by Empire State Development (ESD) or the NYS Dept. of Health (DOH)?
 
A - No. There are two different scenarios that require a screening questionnaire under the DOH Interim Guidance Document, one for employers and one for property showings. The broker/employer is free to add other questions after consulting with legal counsel. All parties should answer the property showing questionnaire (seller, buyer, landlord, tenant).  Licensees are only required to answer the questionnaire provided by their broker/employer (the Interim Guidance Document defines “employees” and “employee” as including real estate licensees that are independent contractors). The screening can be done remotely (telephone, electronic survey, email etc.). For both types of screening questionnaires, NYSAR strongly recommends remote screening as this may eliminate in-person contact in the event a person states they were exposed to COVID-19. If remote screening is not possible, then a form should be used containing the same questions. Below, please find the minimum screening requirements for broker/employer and property showings:
 
For employers, real estate offices etc. the independent contractor/employee/visitor questionnaire should identify the employer (or broker for independent contractors) the name of the independent contractor/employee/visitor, signature line and the date. At a minimum, the individual must answer the following questions:
  • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19,
  • tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or
  • has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

For the purposes of a showing, the screening questionnaire should contain the following questions:
  • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19,
  • tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or
  • has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Require seller/lessor to disclose if they become symptomatic and/or they test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the last visit to their property.
  • Require buyer/lessee to disclose if they become symptomatic and/or they test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the last visit to a property.
NYSAR
NYSAR has a new FAQ page related to re-opening. In addition to the information provided by the state in the link above, this FAQ page will be a very helpful resource to check on a regular basis.
We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available. Reach out to us at GRARHelpDesk@grar.net with any questions and check your Member Portal for general news items. 
Andy Kachaylo,
GRAR President
Jim Yockel,
GRAR CEO
GRAR will be sending updates related to COVID-19, as needed, until further notice.

Please visit the GRAR Coronavirus page for all updates, other related information, and links to NAR, NYSAR, and the New York State Coronavirus pages.
Also, please join the GRAR Members Only Facebook Group to get updates from GRAR as well as view and participate in discussions. GRAR Members Only Facebook Group .
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