Standard clauses for agency agreements

Standard clauses help protect sellers​ by providing certainty about ​when an agency agreement ends and when commission is paid.

Agencies which use the standard clauses

Real estate agencies can choose whether or not to use standard clauses in their residential or rural agency agreements.

We recommend you choose an agency which uses the standard clauses. 

List of par​ticipating residential agencies​​​​​​​​ (.pdf 1022KB)

List of participating rural agencies​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​(.pdf 488KB)

These lists are updated regularly. Inclusion on this list does not mean that REAA endorses a real estate agency.

Main features of the standard clauses


For sole agency agreements, the standard clauses say:

  • the sole agency agreement will automatically expire after 90 days if no end date is specified (residential agency agreements only)
  • an agent can only claim a commission if a sale and purchase agreement is signed during the term of the agency agreement.

For general agency agreements, the standard clauses say:

  • ​agreements can be cancelled on seven days’ written notice
  • an agent can only claim a commission if a sale and purchase agreement is signed during the term of the general agency agreement and when:
    • ​the agent has been instrumental in bringing about the sale and purchase agreement, or
    • the sale and purchase agreement is signed with someone introduced by the agent. 

For both sole and general agency agreements, the sale and purchase agreement must eventually become unconditional. The agent can still claim a commission even if the sale and purchase agreement becomes unconditional after the agency agreement has ended. 

Read more about agency agreements​.

If a seller sells privately to a buyer introduced by a salesperson 

If the seller cancels a general or sole agency agreement and then sells privately to a buyer the salesperson has previously introduced to the property, the salesperson can claim a commission if the sale is made within the following period:

  • six months of a residential agency agreement ending

  • 12 months of a rural agency agreement ending.​

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