Real estate agents ‘over egging’ safety with open home briefings and waivers

  • Some open home registers now require potential buyers to formally acknowledge they have read a list of risks and hazards, will follow the salesperson’s instructions on how to avoid them, and agree to closely supervise any accompanying children.

Christchurch house hunter Mel Street has attended at least 20 open homes since March and first noticed the beefed up health and safety rules about six weeks ago.

On two occasions she was asked to sign a waiver saying she had read the list of hazards – such as tripping on a laundry step – and took responsibility for any injuries she might suffer.

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