Yesterday, NYSAR sent a Health Screening Questionnaire to all members. As stated in the NYSAR email, this form is not a legal document and is not required to be signed. In fact
the DOH guidelines require you to ask the questions of your clients, however, the guidelines do not require the questions or answers to be written
. You can verbally ask the questions and receive the answers and it is intended to be done on the day of an in-person showing/meeting.
For Fair Housing purposes, we highly recommend that you are consistent with your process for health screening. In other words, collect the information from
all of your clients
either verbally or in writing.
More about the new health screening questionnaire from today's NYSAR email:
- NYSAR has developed a simple health screening questionnaire for members to utilize. It should be noted that use of the screening questionnaire is not mandatory but a seller or a broker with seller’s permission, may require every potential buyer/tenant to complete the questionnaire as a prerequisite to viewing property. NYSAR strongly recommends the screening questionnaire should be done remotely to the greatest extent possible (phone, email, web etc.) so as to avoid potential in-person contact and exposure to COVID-19 in the event the person answers yes to any question. A licensee may read the questions from the questionnaire to the consumer over the phone and fill in the appropriate information and responses (a log book that contains the consumers identity, contact information and responses to the questions would also be permitted).