Oregon becomes first U.S. state to ban love letters

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The John L. Scott Oregon Legal Lunch on Wednesday, July 14 at 1 p.m. will address this new law! 

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Oregon will become the first state to require real estate agents to reject so-called “love letters” from homebuyers to sellers.

The new law, which will go into effect in January throughout Oregon, says a seller’s agent must reject “any communication other than customary documents” from a potential homebuyer, including photographs.

These letters often paint a personal picture meant to tug at the heartstrings of a seller. But critics say they can also reveal information about buyers that could be used to discriminate against them or others, consciously or otherwise, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Find out more here: Oregon becomes first US state to ban homebuyer love letters