Thirdly, and perhaps most important, the burden should be on the broker to provide a list of names to the owner after the contract has expired. Most listing agreements will either fail to require a list of persons to whom the vessel was physically shown or put the burden on the owner to request such a list. Ideally, the broker is required to provide the owner a list within 10 to 15 days after termination of the listing agreement. Hence, the owner should not be obligated to pay a commission to that broker on a subsequent sale if such a list is not provided. In my opinion, this is a more logical way to handle the process, and fairer to the owner and any subsequent brokers.