The Rules permit required records to be retained as an electronic record if that record can be readily transferred to printed form. If brokerages maintain records electronically the electronic records must be provided in printed form if requested by a person authorized under the Real Estate Services Act to inspect, review or receive the records of the brokerage.

The requirement to maintain books and records in British Columbia is not satisfied where the medium on which the records are electronically stored is outside of the province and remotely accessed. In cases where a brokerage is maintaining electronic records and the server and other equipment is located outside of British Columbia, at a minimum, either a paper copy of the records or an electronic version of the records (e.g. PDF files) must be maintained in British Columbia and available for inspection under RESA.

It should also be noted that nothing in RESA or the Rules relieves a brokerage of its obligation to meet the requirements imposed by other statutes, whether federal, provincial or municipal, on the electronic retention of records and books of account.

(excerpted from the Brokerage Standards Manual)