Many realtors find themselves in situation where they may feel threatened or unsafe by the presence of an individual at open homes or other commercial marketing events. It is important to protect yourself and your clients. If you feel the need to issue a safety alert, please do so, but beware that doing this improperly can lead to civil liability for you and your brokers.
In an effort to avoid liability, please follow these simple rules:
- Contact the police before you do anything. You should only issue a safety alert if the police feel it is necessary to do so.
- Do not include any personal information in a safety alert such as: name, license plate numbers or photo of the individual.
- Only include facts that are relative to the threat.
- Include instruction in your safety alert informing readers that they should contact the police immediately if they come into contact with a threat.
- Make sure the safety alert is reviewed by an attorney first.
- Inform your local and state Realtor ™ association know that you are issuing the safety alert.
If you are a realtor, and feel you need to issue a safety alter, please be sure to consult with us before doing so. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (843) 903-1212.
Dennis J. DiSabato, Jr.
The Law Office of Dennis J. DiSabato, Jr., LLC
3888 Renee Drive, Suite 201
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579