TRREB is strongly recommending that Members stop conducting in-person open houses during the Ontario State of Emergency, and continue to offer best practices due to the uncertainty we’re faced with in dealing with COVID-19. TRREB is committed to the protection of the health and safety of its Members and the general public. In light of provincial government restrictions on public gatherings and guidance regarding social distancing, TRREB recommends that Members do not hold open houses for the time being. 

TRREB will be suppressing open houses on Stratus MLS® and our public facing websites trreb.ca, Collaborate and realtor.ca, until it is safe to restore.

For clarity, TRREB will also not enforce MLS R-345 (showings) while the current government health advisories remain in effect. Listings will not be suspended because a property is not available for showings or inspections.

We’re at a critical phase with this pandemic and we all have to do our part to be successful in confronting this challenge in order to protect the health and safety of REALTORS®, their clients and the general public. We have provided resources to assist with Best Practices which you can review here.

While we appreciate that this is the brokerage’s decision in consultation with your clients, we are recommending that this practice stop until further notice. Realtors are reminded that there are alternative online and virtual marketing opportunities for sellers that can easily be accessed by buyers. We encourage members to use alternative marketing strategies such as video and virtual tours wherever possible, and to continue to follow directives and guidance being given by the government and public health agencies.

We continue to monitor developments and will provide additional guidance as appropriate as the situation develops.

Michael Collins
TRREB President