We added a Jobs Category! Find out more.

Community Agreements

The Listings Project team has outlined the ways you can help us uphold the exceptional level of care and respect that is foundational to our work as a force of communal good and collective care in the real estate industry.

We expect all Listers in the community to hold themselves accountable to the agreements below. The term Lister refers to anyone who uses Listings Project. This includes those who post real estate and opportunities listings, those who subscribe to our newsletter, and those who inquire about listings.

Our Community Agreements help ensure that every person is actively contributing to maintaining our respectful, life-affirming and anti-oppressive environment.

Above all else, the Listings Project community values and is committed to the following:

Inclusion

Providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.

Transparency

Communicating clearly, openly and honestly through mutually agreeable means when in touch with any Lister.

Accountability

Taking responsibility for our actions, behavior, language, & impact.

Collective Care

Upholding the well-being of the community as a shared responsibility of the group rather than the lone task of an individual.

Anti-Oppression

Challenging oppression perpetuated by power inequalities in society, both systemic and individual expressions of oppression.

Joy

Being open to surprises and delights in every interaction.

Lister Agreements

I commit to:

  1. Interacting with all people fairly and openly, regardless of their perceived or actual race, ethnicity/ethnic heritage, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, dis/abilities, age, size, social class, citizenship status, familial status, marital status or economic status.

  2. Committing to the long-term practice of unlearning unconscious bias, particularly in all connections with the Listings Project community.

  3. Mindfully evaluating statements made about Listers to ensure language used is not disparaging, harmful, or oppressive. Addressing Listers in an inclusive way and using neutral language whenever possible. (e.g. opting for “hey y’all” instead of “hey guys” or “female-identifying roommate preferred” rather than “female roommate required”).

  4. Stating any restrictions clearly upfront when posting listings (e.g. smoking or pet regulations, allergies and sensitivities in shared spaces, community mandates, and rules for use of common areas).

  5. Acknowledging that the statement of certain roommate or studiomate preferences is not necessarily an act of discrimination (e.g. someone who is part of a marginalized group and indicates a preference is for individuals who share the same identity for the purpose of safety and/or support).

  6. Providing reasonable accommodations and flexibility when people with specific accessibility needs request modifications or assistance.

  7. Being aware of tonal differences in communication and assuming best intent, particularly when communicating online and in the absence of direct information about Lister’s motives and beliefs.

  8. Remaining open to the possibility there is always something new to learn from others and that moments of conflict are opportunities for self-expansion and growth. Celebrating and acknowledging those moments in each other.

  9. Opting for curiosity when challenged and seeking to understand all perspectives during a disagreement before escalating a situation.

  10. Embodying a restorative attitude toward conflict so that both parties involved in any given disagreement can have their needs met through compassionate, straightforward dialogue.

  11. Practicing empathy and self-awareness by acknowledging if harm has been done, sincerely apologizing, and taking steps to prevent the behavior in the future.

  12. Protecting the privacy of every Lister and respecting the confidentiality of any information shared in a private space.

  13. Providing factually accurate listing details, credentials and personal information when posting or inquiring about listings.

  14. Honoring and following through on any promises or guarantees made with Listers. Being forthright and committed to compromise and care when obstacles to fulfilling the promise arise.

If a listing is not in compliance with our guidelines, we will either remove it or ask the lister to change it. If appropriate, Listings Project will block the lister from our community altogether.

We ask for listers’ explicit acknowledgment and compliance with our policies and underlying principles. In the event of an unresolved matter related to any of our guidelines, we will do whatever we can to help generate compassionate, cooperative dialogue between listers, to the extent offered by our Terms of Use. Our intention is to ensure that Listings Project policies, practices, and values are present in all interactions among both the internal (employees) and external (listers) members of our community.

On our part, we will try, but are not obligated to, stay up to date with applicable federal, state, and local laws pertinent to housing and places of public accommodation so that we can continue to assist in offering service that is aligned with our mission. Ultimately, it is up to our listers to be aware of the laws and regulations that may apply to certain types of listings within their city. Before posting we recommend learning about any laws and regulations that may apply to your listing.