Unlicensed assistants: Real estate

These guidelines describe the tasks and duties that may be performed by:

Real estate assistants

The Real Estate Program is currently updating guidance for unlicensed assistants. We appreciate your patience as we work to update this information.

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Property management assistants

Unlicensed assistants who provide property management brokerage services for the owner, designated broker, or managing broker may perform the following tasks and duties:

Unlicensed assistants may

  • Deliver lease applications, leases, or any amendments.
  • Receive lease applications, leases, amendments, security deposits, rental payments, or any related payment for delivery to, and made payable to, the owner or real estate firm.
  • Show rental units.
  • Execute leases or rental agreements, rental payments, or any related payment for delivery to, and made payable to, the owner or real estate firm.
  • Act as a scrivener, completing blanks on preprinted and preapproved rental agreements with the exact language provided by the property owner, designated broker, or managing broker. The unlicensed assistant may exercise no discretion over the language used to complete the blanks on a rental agreement, but may only write words dictated by the property owner, designated broker, or managing broker.
  • Provide information about rental units, leases, lease applications, security deposits, and rental amounts to prospective tenants.
  • Assist in property management functions by carrying out administrative, clerical, financial, or maintenance tasks.

Unlicensed assistants may NOT

  • Advertise that they are engaged in the property management business.
  • Hold trust funds.

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