Council News and Updates
The Real Estate Council of BC meets eight times each year. Meetings are open to the public, and minutes are posted on the RECBC website. Key issues and decisions from recent Council meetings include:
Updates to Parental Leave
RECBC has updated its Education & Licensing Policies on parental leaves, allowing up to eighteen months of parental leave. This may begin as early as 12 weeks before the expected date of birth and may be taken at any time up to eighteen months following the birth or adoption of a child. This update aligns RECBC’s policies in accordance with federal legislation changes.
Real estate representatives who wish to take a parental leave must surrender their licence and submit a written request for parental leave to RECBC. Further information is available in the Education & Licensing Policies.
Recent amendments to RECBC’s bylaws include updates to deal with appointment of pre-hearing conference panel members, to adjourn discipline hearings efficiently, to ensure payment for decision-writing by discipline panel members and for written hearings. These amendments are intended to increase efficiency in hearing procedures while providing reasonable compensation for panel members.
Bylaws updated are:
- 3-6(1) [Code of conduct for council members]
- 3-7(1)(g) [Council committees]
- 3-8 [Remuneration and expenses for council committee and advisory group members]
- 5-1 [Pre-hearing conference]
- 5-2 [Adjournment of hearing]
Updated Sanction Guidelines
RECBC’s Sanction Guidelines assist discipline committees in determining appropriate penalties and remedial measures, in the circumstances of individual cases, for licensees who have been found liable of professional misconduct. They also help the public and other stakeholders to understand the basis for penalties and remedial orders
Updates to the Sanction Guidelines have been made to reflect the potential application of penalties under the penalty regime in effect from September 30, 2016. The Sanctions Guidelines are available on Decisions section of the RECBC website.
New Resources for Real Estate Consumers
We’ve expanded our online resources for real estate consumers, to help members of the public become better informed about the process of buying, selling, renting or leasing real estate, the services to expect from a licensed real estate professional, and the role of the Real Estate Council of BC.
Real estate consumers visiting the RECBC website can now choose to:
- Learn about real estate transactions and services, either by reading one of our brochures and guides – such as Buying a Home in BC or Selling a Home in BC — or by checking out our quick tips and fact sheets on a variety of key topics, our FAQs, and our resource directory to other important real estate information sources.
- Find information about a licensed real estate professional or real estate brokerage, using our Licensee Search tools.
- Get Help — by contacting an RECBC Professional Standards Advisor to ask a question, reading a recent consumer advisory notice, or filing a complaint or anonymous tip.
Online Search Tools Make Information Easier to Find
Looking for recent discipline decisions on the RECBC website? You can now find the results you need more easily, thanks to new search tools introduced on the RECBC website.
Visit the Decisions page to try out the expanded search capabilities now available. Search for a decision by year, by licence category (either trading services, rental property management, or strata management), by keyword, or by case type. Types of cases that will now be posted on the RECBC website include Qualification Hearing decisions and Special Compensation Hearing decisions, in addition to Discipline Hearing decisions and consent orders.
For more information about the kinds of decisions and orders that RECBC publishes, and the length of publication, see our Publication Policy on Hearings, Alternative Complaint Dispositions and Licence Conditions, available on the RECBC Policy Statements section of our website.
To let us know what you think about these changes, send us your feedback to [email protected]