|Dear Board Presidents, Board PAC Chairs and Board Executive Officers,
Since 2016, OREA has been fighting to stop Home Energy Rating & Disclosure (HER&D).
If implemented, HER&D would require a home seller to conduct an energy audit before listing their home. The program also forced REALTORS® to post the energy score on the MLS® listing.
I don’t need to tell you why this program would have been a disaster for home owners.
It also targeted REALTORS® by unfairly focusing on MLS® and not other methods for selling a home.
So, we fought back.
The GR team, led by Chair John Oddi, wore out a few pairs of shoes lobbying Cabinet Ministers and senior staff at Queen’s Park; we commissioned research from the Conference Board of Canada which showed the program was a big waste of tax dollars; and, CEO Tim Hudak co-chaired where, day after day, we fought against an assortment of environmental groups who were all pushing the government to move forward on HER&D.
This week, we got a letter from the government.
It said, “The province has decided not to proceed with the implementation of a HER&D program at this time.”
We did it. REALTORS® put the brakes on HER&D.
While this is another big win for REALTORS®, this issue has been a wakeup call.
Governments at all levels are struggling to address issues relating to climate change and the housing sector is being asked to play a part in that work.
Going forward, we must be thoughtful and propose alternatives to programs like HER&D, or we will be steam rolled by them.
If you have any questions, please contact Adam Yahn, OREA’s Head of Government Relations at email@example.com or 416-385-6630.
2018 OREA President