REALTORS® are different from non-member licensees in that they voluntarily subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics. If you believe that a REALTOR® has violated one or more Articles of the Code of Ethics, you can file an ethics complaint alleging a violation(s) through the local association of REALTORS® where the REALTOR® holds membership, or participates in a REALTOR® association-owned/operated MLS. You may search for a member’s local affiliation here.
In addition, REALTORS® agree as a condition of membership to arbitrate contractual disputes and specific non-contractual disputes as provided for in Article 17 of the NAR Code of Ethics.
Below are several resources to help you understand what filing and processing an ethics complaint and arbitration request entails, and the general process you can expect when filing an ethics complaint or arbitration request.
Pathways to Professionalism
While the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association establishes objective, enforceable ethical standards governing the professional conduct of REALTORS®, it does not address issues of courtesy or etiquette. However, a list of professional courtesies intended to be used by REALTORS® can be found in the Pathways to Professionalism.
- Code of Ethics – View the current NAR Code of Ethics here.
- Before You File an Ethics Complaint – This brochure explains alternatives to consider before filing an ethics complaint, as well as what to expect after filing a complaint.
- Form E1 Ethics Complaint – View/download the E-1 form for initiating an ethics complaint.