Over the last several weeks, the Georgia REALTORS®’s (“GAR”) COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org email has received dozens of emails to which our staff has been diligently responding. With the Shelter-in-Place executive order being lifted for the majority of Georgia residents, we have received several inquiries regarding what is required of agents and brokers moving forward and whether hold harmless agreements and/or other acknowledgements are necessary to protect real estate licensees from liability.
GAR Staff met with the Forms Committee Chair and Vice-Chair to discuss whether there was a need to create a hold harmless form or special stipulation or any other acknowledgement form as it relates to COVID-19. Understanding that the likelihood of a real estate licensee being held liable for a customer or client contracting COVID-19 is extremely low, the Chair and Vice-Chair asked that an FAQ be provided to address many of the questions that continue to be asked.
While GAR is not currently providing any additional COVID-19 related forms, brokers have the option for their legal counsel to draft forms for their agents to use in transactions.