File a Real Estate Sales Complaint

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If you have been involved in a real estate transaction in which you believe a real estate professional may have acted improperly, you may contact RECBC to file a complaint. RECBC considers all complaints about the conduct or competency of licensed real estate professionals.

RECBC investigates potential contraventions of the Real Estate Services Act which includes both professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming a professional.

What can RECBC Investigate?

We investigate

  • mishandling of deposits
  • concealing property defects
  • misrepresentation
  • unauthorized signing of documents
  • unwritten guarantees to resell a property used as an inducement to do business
  • secret commissions
  • professional misconduct including incompetence and conduct unbecoming

If your complaint relates to

  • Contractual or monetary matters: You may wish to seek independent legal advice; as these matters are better resolved through civil/court proceedings or the Civil Resolution Tribunal, if appropriate
  • Criminal matters: You may wish to contact and/or report to your local law enforcement agency
  • Rude or disrespectful behaviour: You may wish to contact the real estate professional’s managing broker

RECBC is not empowered to award or mediate monetary damages. Such matters are more properly dealt with through civil action. RECBC can impose administrative penalties, order reprimands, fines, suspend or cancel a licence as well as impose hearing costs.

Before Filing a Complaint

Consumers who are concerned about the actions or services provided by a real estate professional should take these steps before filing a complaint or making an anonymous tip to RECBC.

  1. Discuss the concern with the professional.
  2. If the matter is still not resolved, discuss the concern with the managing broker in charge of the brokerage.
  3. If the managing broker is not able to resolve the matter to your satisfaction, consider contacting an RECBC Professional Standards Advisor. They can provide information about the services to expect from real estate professionals and answer questions about real estate transactions.

How to File a Complaint

Matters that cannot be resolved informally should be directed to RECBC. If there is evidence that a real estate professional may have committed misconduct or conduct unbecoming a professional, we will investigate and take action.

File a Complaint Online

Please use our online complaint submission form to file a complaint.

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Submit a Complaint in Writing

If you wish to submit a complaint in writing, please use this downloadable complaint form. Please note that you should include relevant supporting documentation with your form, and send your completed complaint to the Real Estate Council of BC.

What Happens Next

When RECBC receives complaints from consumers, they are carefully reviewed by RECBC staff to determine whether:

  • RECBC has the authority to conduct an investigation;
  • the complaint can be informally resolved;
  • the complainant is aware that RECBC cannot remedy a civil wrong, i.e. where there has been a negligent act or omission on the part of a licensee;
  • the complainant understands the professional and ethical responsibilities of the licensee in the particular transaction;
  • the complainant has included with their complaint all information and documentation sufficient for the commencement of an investigation, if necessary.

An RECBC Compliance Officer may contact the complainant at the initial complaint assessment stage to develop a better understanding of the issues surrounding the complaint and to ensure that the complainant understands RECBC’s investigation and discipline processes.

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