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Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Ban Client ‘Love Letters’ in Real Estate Transactions

“A seller’s agent shall reject any communication other than customary documents in a real estate transaction.”

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(June 15, 2021)

 OnlineEd – The 2021 Regular Session of the Oregon Legislature has passed House Bill 2550. In short, the Bill directs the seller’s agent to reject any communication from a buyer to a seller as necessary to help the seller avoid selecting a buyer based on violation of federal fair housing laws. In addition, the bill amends the seller’s duties in a real estate transaction as outlined in ORS 696.805. The enrolled bill, awaiting Senate President signature, specifically states:

“In order to help a seller avoid selecting a buyer based on the buyer’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or familial status as prohibited by the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.), a seller’s agent shall reject any communication other than customary documents in a real estate transaction, including photographs, provided by a buyer.”

Because most Oregon real estate brokers had already determined these types of letters to be discriminatory, this law is not expected to greatly impact the Oregon brokerage community.

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