Case studies include Fair Housing Act ruling for transgender plaintiff in July DR Legal News

Illinois REALTORS® get an analysis of seven separate case studies in the July issue of DR Legal News, including a violation of the Fair Housing Act by a Colorado landlord.

In the case Smith v. Avanti, a transgender woman and her wife sued a landlord who refused to rent a Colorado townhouse to the couple and their two children. The couple sued the landlord under the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.

For more details about this case and six others reviewed by Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, read the July DR Legal News. Other items covered in this issue include:

  • Changes to the Illinois Real Estate License Act,
  • Real estate disciplines,
  • Testimony by director of legislative and political affairs for a property tax freeze,
  • A story about the importance of copyright law awareness and compliance and
  • A video about surveillance equipment and eavesdropping.

Read the DR Legal News.

DR Legal News explains License Act changes, case studies and more

Get a summary of numerous changes to the Real Estate License Act negotiated by the Illinois REALTORS® advocacy team during the spring legislative session.

In the July edition of Designated REALTOR® Legal News, Jeffrey T. Baker, of Sorling Northrup Attorneys explains the enhancements in:

  • continuing education,
  • leasing agent rules,
  • investigation disclosures and
  • elimination of the advisory council.

Also included in the DR Legal News are stories about copyright issues, seven legal case studies, real estate disciplines and testimony by Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan before the Committee of the Whole in the Illinois House.

Read the July DR Legal News.

5 resources Illinois REALTORS® just can’t do without

Jeff Baker at MREDpalooza Tuesday.

When Sorling Northrup Attorney Jeff Baker presented “Summer School: Agency 101” at MREDpalooza Tuesday in Rosemont, he addressed many aspects of agency in Illinois. Illinois REALTORS® has more than 50 free downloadable forms, contracts, brochures and manuals available to members, some of which pertain to agency.


Five of the helpful resources Illinois REALTORS® consistently sees requests for, or that are useful for understanding agency, are:

  • Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois;
  • Agency Compliance Manual;
  • Teams and the Illinois Real Estate Brokerage Firm;
  • Exclusive Brokerage Agreements & Minimum Services; and
  • The P.A. (Personal Assistant) Manual.

Of those five, printed copies of the Consumer’s Guide are also available in packages of 50.

REALTORS® should protect their businesses when signing copyright agreements

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Take great care to review any agreements that you might be asked to sign when outsourcing services that assist you in your real estate brokerage business. It is especially important to be cautious when hiring someone else to provide work for you that is generally subject to copyright, such as property photos.

Also, if you have a website where third parties post information, including copyrighted works such as photos, you want to be exempt from copyright infringement charges under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In the video “Window to the Law: Changes to DMCA Safe Harbor,” NAR Associate Counsel Chloe Hecht explains a 2017 requirement for copyright agents.

NAR offers more information on the DMCA here that explains the new digital process for registration of copyright agents which could well apply to you in your real estate brokerage business.

Legal Minutes – Multiple Offer Situations from the Buyer’s Side


In the newest installment of our Legal Minutes video series, Betsy Urbance, Director of Legal Services at Illinois REALTORS®, takes you through the many legal and ethical issues REALTORS® face when representing a buyer in a multiple offer situation.

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