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DIVISION 4. REAL ESTATE [10000 - 11506]

  ( Division 4 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127. )

PART 1. LICENSING OF PERSONS [10000 - 10580]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127. )

CHAPTER 2. Administration [10050 - 10106]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127. )

ARTICLE 1. The Real Estate Commissioner [10050 - 10088]
  ( Article 1 repealed and added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 375. )

10050.
  

(a) (1) There is in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency a Department of Real Estate, the chief officer of which department is named the Real Estate Commissioner.

(2) Notwithstanding any other law, the powers and duties of the department, as set forth in this part and Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11000) of Part 2, shall be subject to review by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature. The review shall be performed as if this part and that chapter were scheduled to be repealed as of January 1, 2021.

(b) It shall be the principal responsibility of the commissioner to enforce all laws in this part and Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11000) of Part 2 in a manner that achieves the maximum protection for the purchasers of real property and those persons dealing with real estate licensees.

(c) Wherever the term “commissioner” is used in this division, it means the Real Estate Commissioner.

(d) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2018.

(Repealed (in Sec. 9) and added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 828, Sec. 10. (SB 173) Effective January 1, 2018. Section operative July 1, 2018, by its own provisions.)

10050.1.
  

Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the Department of Real Estate in exercising its licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions. Whenever the protection of the public is inconsistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 712, Sec. 3. (SB 706) Effective January 1, 2012.)

10051.
  

The commissioner shall be appointed by the Governor.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 375.)

10052.
  

The commissioner shall have been for five years a real estate broker actively engaged in business as such in California, or shall possess related experience associated with real estate activity in California for five years within the last 10 years.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 375.)

10053.
  

The commissioner shall receive an annual salary as provided in Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 11550) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to be paid monthly out of the State Treasury upon a warrant of the Controller, and shall be allowed his or her actual and necessary expenses in the discharge of his or her duties.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 18. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

10071.
  

The commissioner shall enforce the provisions of this part and of Chapter 1 of Part 2. He has full power to regulate and control the issuance and revocation, both temporary and permanent, of all licenses to be issued under the provisions of this part, and to perform all other acts and duties provided in this part and Chapter 1 of Part 2 and necessary for their enforcement.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127.)

10073.
  

The commissioner shall employ such deputies, clerks and employees as he may need to discharge in proper manner the duties imposed upon him by law.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127.)

10074.
  

After qualifying as such neither the commissioner nor any of the deputies, clerks, or employees of the department shall be interested in any mineral, oil, or gas business, mineral, oil, or gas brokerage firm, real estate company or any real estate brokerage firm, as director, stockholder, officer, member, agent or employee, or act as a broker or salesperson, or act as a co-partner or agent for any broker or brokers, or salesperson or salespersons.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 177, Sec. 17. (AB 685) Effective January 1, 2017.)

10075.
  

Deputies, clerks and employees shall perform such duties as the commissioner shall assign to them.

Subject to the powers of the State Personnel Board and the Director of Finance, the commissioner shall fix the compensation of such deputies, clerks and employees, which compensation shall be paid monthly on a certificate of the commissioner, and on the warrant of the Controller out of the State Treasury.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127.)

10076.
  

Each deputy shall, after his appointment, take and subscribe to the constitutional oath of office and file the same in the office of the Secretary of State.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127.)

10077.
  

The commissioner shall have his principal office in the City of Sacramento, and may establish branch offices in the City and County of San Francisco, the City of Los Angeles and in such other cities as the commissioner may deem necessary, subject to the approval of the Department of Finance.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127.)

10078.
  

The commissioner shall adopt a seal with the words “Real Estate Commissioner State of California” and such other device as the commissioner may desire engraved thereon, by which he shall authenticate the proceedings of his office.

Copies of all records and papers in the office of the commissioner certified under the hand and seal of the commissioner shall be received in evidence in all cases equally and with like effect as the originals.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 127.)

10079.
  

(a) The Attorney General shall render to the commissioner opinions upon all questions of law relating to the construction or interpretation of this part or Chapter 1 of Part 2 or arising in the administration thereof that may be submitted to him or her by the commissioner. Except as provided in subdivision (b), the Attorney General shall act as the attorney for the commissioner in all actions and proceedings brought by or against him or her under or pursuant to any of the provisions of this part or of Chapter 1 of Part 2.

(b) In the case of refusal by a licensee to obey a subpoena issued to that licensee, the commissioner may, by a noticed motion, apply to the superior court for, and the superior court may issue to the licensee, an order requiring the licensee to appear before the commissioner, or the representative designated by the commissioner, to produce documentary evidence, if so ordered, or to give evidence touching the matter under investigation or in question. Failure of the licensee to obey the order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 717, Sec. 1. (SB 53) Effective January 1, 2012.)

10080.
  

The commissioner may adopt, amend, or repeal rules and regulations that are reasonably necessary for the enforcement of the provisions of this part and of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11000) of Part 2 of this division. The rules and regulations shall be adopted, amended, or repealed in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 77, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2006.)

10080.5.
  

In the event the commissioner employs the services of an agency engaged in the business of furnishing credit reports, such agency shall have been engaged in such business continuously in this State for a period of not less than five years prior to the time of such employment.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 660.)

10080.9.
  

(a) If, upon inspection, examination, or investigation, the commissioner has cause to believe that a person who does not possess a real estate license is engaged or has engaged in activities for which a real estate license is required, or that a person who does not possess a prepaid rental listing service license or a real estate broker license is engaged or has engaged in activities for which a license is required pursuant to Section 10167.2, or that a licensee is violating or has violated any provision of this division or any rule or order thereunder, the commissioner or his or her designated representative may issue a citation to that person in writing, describing with particularity the basis of the citation. Each citation may contain an order to correct the violation or violations identified and a reasonable time period or periods by which the violation or violations must be corrected. In addition, each citation may assess an administrative fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), which shall be deposited into the Recovery Account of the Real Estate Fund and shall, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be available for expenditure for the purposes specified in Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 10470). In assessing a fine, the commissioner shall give due consideration to the appropriateness of the amount of the fine with respect to factors such as the gravity of the violation, the good faith of the person cited, and the history of previous violations. A citation issued and a fine assessed pursuant to this section, while constituting discipline for a violation of the law, shall be in lieu of other administrative discipline by the commissioner for the offense or offenses cited, and the citation against and payment of any fine by a licensee shall not be reported as disciplinary action taken by the commissioner.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), nothing in this section shall prevent the commissioner from issuing an order to desist and refrain from engaging in a specific business activity or activities or an order to suspend all business operations to a person who is engaged in or has engaged in continued or repeated violations of this part. In any of these circumstances, the sanctions authorized under this section shall be separate from, and in addition to, all other administrative, civil, or criminal penalties.

(c) If, within 30 days from the receipt of the citation or the citation and fine, the person cited fails to notify the commissioner that he or she intends to request a hearing as described in subdivision (d), the citation or the citation and fine shall be deemed final.

(d) Any hearing under this section shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(e) After the exhaustion of the review procedures provided for in this section, the commissioner may apply to the appropriate superior court for a judgment in the amount of any administrative penalty imposed pursuant to subdivision (a) and an order compelling the person cited to comply with the order of the commissioner. The application, which shall include a certified copy of the final order of the commissioner, shall constitute a sufficient showing to warrant issuing the judgment and order.

(f) Failure of any person to comply with the terms of a citation or pay a fine assessed pursuant to this section, within a reasonable period specified by the commissioner, shall subject that person to disciplinary action by the commissioner. In no event may a license be issued or renewed if an unpaid fine remains outstanding or the terms of a citation have not been complied with.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 177, Sec. 18. (AB 685) Effective January 1, 2017.)

10081.
  

(a) Whenever the commissioner believes from evidence satisfactory to him that any person has violated or is about to violate any of the provisions of this part or of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11000) of Part 2 or any order, license, permit, decision, demand or requirement, or any part or provision thereof, he or she may bring an action in the name of the people of the State of California in the superior court of the State of California against that person to enjoin him or her from continuing the violation or engaging therein or doing any act or acts in furtherance thereof.

In this action an order or judgment may be entered awarding such preliminary or final injunction as may be proper, but no preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order shall be granted without at least five days’ notice to the defendant.

If the commissioner makes a showing satisfactory to the court that the violations or threatened violations jeopardize funds and properties of others in the custody or under the control of the defendant, the court may appoint a receiver for management of the business of the defendant, including, but not limited to, the funds and properties of others in his or her possession or may make any other order as it deems appropriate to protect and preserve those funds and properties.

The order appointing the receiver shall specify the source of the funds for payment of the fees of the receiver and the costs attributable to administering the receivership. Unless provided for in the order, the commissioner shall not be liable for payment of the fees or costs.

(b) The commissioner may include in any action authorized by subdivision (a), a claim for restitution on behalf of the persons injured by the act or practice constituting the subject matter of the action, and the court shall have jurisdiction to award appropriate relief to such persons.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 468, Sec. 1.)

10081.5.
  

Whenever the commissioner believes from evidence satisfactory to him or her that any real estate licensee has violated or is about to violate, the provisions of Section 10145, the commissioner may bring an action in the name of the people of the State of California, in the superior court of the State of California, to enjoin the licensee from continuing the violation or engaging therein or doing any act or acts in furtherance thereof.

In the event the commissioner has conducted an audit which reflects commingling or conversion of trust funds in excess of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), the court may enter an order restraining the licensee from doing any act or acts in furtherance thereof, and from further exercising the privileges of his or her license pending further order of the court, provided that a hearing shall be held on the order within five days after the date thereof.

After such hearing in the manner provided by law, an order may be entered appointing a receiver, or such other order as the court may deem proper. The order appointing the receiver shall specify the source of the funds from which the fees of the receiver and the costs of administering the receivership are to be paid. Unless provided for in the order, the commissioner shall not be liable for payment of the fees or costs.

A receiver appointed by the court pursuant to this section may, with the approval of the court, exercise all of the powers of the licensee or its officers, directors, partners, trustees, or persons who exercise similar powers and perform similar duties, including the filing of a petition for bankruptcy of the licensee.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 468, Sec. 2.)

10082.
  

The commissioner may publish or cause to be published at appropriate intervals a directory or list of licensed brokers and salespersons and may publish therewith such matter as he may deem pertinent to this part and Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11000) of Part 2. He shall furnish one copy of such directory to each licensed broker upon his request and the payment of an appropriate charge based upon cost of publication. Such directory may contain copies of the Real Estate Law, Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11000) of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Business and Professions Code, and the Rules and Regulations of the Real Estate Commissioner.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 177, Sec. 19. (AB 685) Effective January 1, 2017.)

10083.
  

The commissioner may periodically issue a bulletin containing matter relating to the department, and to the provisions of this part and of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11000) of Part 2, and the administration thereof, and may publish the same character of matter in any established periodical published in the state which in his opinion would be most likely to disseminate such matter and information to licensees under this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1969, Ch. 138.)

10083.2.
  

(a) (1) The commissioner shall provide on the Internet information regarding the status of every license issued by the department in accordance with the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code) and the Information Practices Act of 1977 (Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1798) of Title 1.8 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code).

(2) The public information to be provided on the Internet shall include information on suspensions and revocations of licenses issued by the department and accusations filed pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code) relative to persons or businesses subject to licensure or regulation by the department.

(3) The public information shall not include personal information, including home telephone number, date of birth, or social security number. The commissioner shall disclose a licensee’s address of record. However, the commissioner shall allow a licensee to provide a post office box number or other alternate address, instead of his or her home address, as the address of record. This section shall not preclude the commissioner from also requiring a licensee who has provided a post office box number or other alternative mailing address as his or her address of record to provide a physical business address or residence address only for the department’s internal administrative use and not for disclosure as the licensee’s address of record or disclosure on the Internet.

(4) The public information shall also include whether a licensee is an associate licensee within the meaning of subdivision (b) of Section 2079.13 of the Civil Code and, if the associate licensee is a broker, identify each responsible broker with whom the licensee is contractually associated as described in Section 10032 of this code or Section 2079.13 of the Civil Code.

(b) For purposes of this section, “Internet” has the meaning set forth in paragraph (6) of subdivision (f) of Section 17538.

(c) Upon petition by a licensee accompanied by a fee sufficient to defray costs associated with consideration of a petition, as described in Section 10223, the commissioner may remove from the posting of discipline described in subdivision (a) an item that has been posted on the bureau’s Internet Web site for no less than 10 years and for which the licensee provides evidence of rehabilitation indicating that the notice is no longer required in order to prevent a credible risk to members of the public utilizing licensed activity of the licensee. In evaluating a petition, the commissioner shall take into consideration other violations that present a credible risk to the members of the public since the posting of discipline requested for removal.

(d) The bureau may develop, through regulations, the amount of the fee and the minimum information to be included in a licensee’s petition, including, but not limited to, a written justification and evidence of rehabilitation pursuant to Section 482.

(e) “Posted” for purposes of this section is defined as the date of disciplinary action taken by the bureau.

(f) The petition process described in subdivisions (c) and (d) shall commence January 1, 2018.

(g) The bureau shall maintain a list of all licensees whose disciplinary records are altered as a result of a petition approved under subdivision (c). The bureau shall make the list accessible to other licensing bodies. The bureau shall update and provide the list to other licensing bodies as often as it modifies the records displayed on its Internet Web site in response to petitions approved under subdivision (c).

(h) This section shall become operative January 1, 2018.

(Repealed (in Sec. 1.5) and added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 614, Sec. 2.5. (AB 2330) Effective January 1, 2017. Section operative January 1, 2018, by its own provisions.)

10084.
  

The commissioner may prepare a pamphlet or brochure dealing with disclosures of information in residential real estate transactions. The costs of preparation and distribution may be paid from such moneys as may from time to time be appropriated from the Real Estate Fund for education and research. The commissioner shall make copies of the pamphlet or brochure available upon request to sellers, buyers, and real estate licensees for a fee commensurate with the cost of preparation and distribution. Such fees as are collected shall be paid into the education and research account of the Real Estate Fund.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 826.)

10084.1.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 10450.6, on or before January 1, 1991, the department, using funds appropriated from the Education and Research Account in the Real Estate Fund, shall develop a booklet to educate and inform consumers on all of the following:

(1) Common environmental hazards that are located on, and affect, real property. The types of common environmental hazards shall include, but not be limited to, asbestos, radon gas, lead-based paint, formaldehyde, fuel and chemical storage tanks, and water and soil contamination.

(2) The significance of common environmental hazards and what can be done to mitigate these hazards.

(3)  What sources can provide more information on common environmental hazards for the consumer.

(b) The department shall seek the advice of the State Department of Health Services to assist it in determining the contents of the booklet prepared pursuant to this section, and shall seek the assistance of the State Department of Health Services in the writing of the booklet.

(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 969, Sec. 1. Note: See this section as modified on July 17, 1991, in Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1991.)

10085.
  

The commissioner may require that any or all materials used in obtaining advance fee agreements, including but not limited to the contract forms, letters or cards used to solicit prospective sellers, and radio and television advertising be submitted to him or her at least 10 calendar days before they are used. Should the commissioner determine that any such matter, when used alone or with any other matter, would tend to mislead he or she may, within 10 calendar days of the date he or she receives same, order that it not be used, disseminated, nor published. Any person or entity using, disseminating, or publishing any matter which the commissioner has ordered, pursuant to this section, not to be used, published, or disseminated shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or both, for each such use, dissemination, or publication.

The commissioner may determine the form of the advance fee agreements, and all material used in soliciting prospective owners and sellers shall be used in the form and manner which he or she determines is necessary to carry out the purposes and intent of this part.

Any violation of any of the provisions of this part or of the rules, regulations, orders or requirements of the commissioner thereunder shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action against a licensee, or for proceedings under Section 10081 of this code, or both. These sanctions are in addition to the criminal proceedings hereinbefore provided.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 630, Sec. 4. (SB 94) Effective October 11, 2009.)

10085.5.
  

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to claim, demand, charge, receive, collect, or contract for an advance fee (1) for soliciting lenders on behalf of borrowers or performing services for borrowers in connection with loans to be secured directly or collaterally by a lien on real property, before the borrower becomes obligated to complete the loan or, (2) for performing any other activities for which a license is required, unless the person is a licensed real estate broker and has complied with the provisions of this part.

(b) This section does not prohibit the acceptance or receipt of an advance fee by any bank, savings association, credit union, industrial loan company, or person acting within the scope of a license issued to that person pursuant to Division 9 (commencing with Section 22000) of the Financial Code, in connection with loans to be secured directly or collaterally by a lien on real property. This section does not apply to charges made by title insurers and controlled escrow companies pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 12340) of Part 6 of Division 2 of the Insurance Code.

(c) A violation of this section is a public offense punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment, or if by a corporation, the violation is punishable by a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 485, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 1999.)

10085.6.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for any licensee who negotiates, attempts to negotiate, arranges, attempts to arrange, or otherwise offers to perform a mortgage loan modification or other form of mortgage loan forbearance for a fee or other compensation paid by the borrower, to do any of the following:

(1) Claim, demand, charge, collect, or receive any compensation until after the licensee has fully performed each and every service the licensee contracted to perform or represented that he, she, or it would perform.

(2) Take any wage assignment, any lien of any type on real or personal property, or other security to secure the payment of compensation.

(3) Take any power of attorney from the borrower for any purpose.

(b) A violation of this section by a natural person who is a licensee is a public offense punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment, or if by a corporation, the violation is punishable by a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). These penalties are cumulative to any other remedies or penalties provided by law.

(c) This section shall apply only to mortgages and deeds of trust secured by residential real property containing four or fewer dwelling units.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 569, Sec. 1. (AB 1950) Effective January 1, 2013.)

10086.
  

(a) If the commissioner determines through an investigation that (1) a person has engaged or is engaging in an activity which is a violation of a provision of this part, other than a provision of Article 8 (commencing with Section 10249) of Chapter 3, or which is a violation of a regulation of the commissioner adopted for the purpose of implementing any provision of this part, other than a regulation adopted pursuant to a provision of Article 8 (commencing with Section 10249) of Chapter 3, or (2) a real estate broker has engaged in or is engaging in an activity which is a violation of a provision of Division 6 (commencing with Section 17000) of the Financial Code, and which is not exempt pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 17006, the commissioner may direct the person to desist and refrain from such activity by issuance of an order specifying the nature of the activity and the factual and legal basis for his or her determination. The respondent to whom the order is directed shall immediately, upon receipt of the order, cease the activity described in the order.

(b) The respondent may, within 30 days after service of the order to desist and refrain, file a request for a hearing. If, with the request for hearing, the respondent also files a written verification that the order of the commissioner precludes him or her from further engaging in a substantial proportion of his or her business, the commissioner shall, within 10 days thereafter, file an action in superior court to restrain the respondent from continuing the activity or doing any act in furtherance thereof pending the completion of a hearing pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

If the commissioner fails to bring the action in superior court within the time prescribed by this section, or if the court refuses to restrain the respondent pending the decision of the commissioner following the administrative hearing, the respondent may resume the activities in question pending the rendering of the decision of the commissioner following the administrative hearing.

(c) The administrative hearing shall be commenced by the commissioner within 30 days after receipt of respondent’s request unless the respondent agrees to a postponement. If the hearing is not commenced within 30 days after receipt of respondent’s request or on the date to which continued with respondent’s consent, or if the commissioner does not render a decision within 15 days after receipt of the proposed decision following the hearing, the order shall be deemed rescinded.

(d) The provisions of Section 11019, and not the provisions of this section, shall apply in the case of an activity which the commissioner determines to be in violation of Article 8 (commencing with Section 10249) of Chapter 3 or of a regulation of the commissioner for implementation of any provision of that article.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 861, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1993.)

10087.
  

(a) In addition to acting pursuant to the authority provided under Sections 10086, 10176, and 10177, the commissioner may, after appropriate notice and opportunity for a hearing, by order, suspend, bar from any position of employment, management, or control, or bar from participation in an examination for licensure, for a period not exceeding 36 months, a real estate salesperson or real estate broker, or an unlicensed person issued an order under Section 10086, if the commissioner finds either of the following:

(1) That the suspension or bar is in the public interest and that the person has committed or caused a violation of this division or rule or order of the commissioner, which violation was either known or should have been known by the person committing or causing it or has caused material damage to the public.

(2) That the person has been convicted of or pleaded nolo contendere to any crime, or has been held liable in any civil action by final judgment, or any administrative judgment by any public agency, if that crime or civil or administrative judgment involved any offense involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit, or any other offense reasonably related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a person engaged in the real estate business in accordance with the provisions of this division.

(b) Within 15 days from the date of a notice of intention to issue an order pursuant to subdivision (a), the person may request a hearing under the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 11400) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). If no hearing is requested within 15 days after the mailing or service of that notice and none is ordered by the commissioner, the failure to request a hearing shall constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing.

(c) Upon receipt of a notice of intention to issue an order pursuant to this section, the person who is the subject of the proposed order is immediately prohibited from engaging in any business activity involving real estate that is subject to regulation under this division.

(d) Persons suspended or barred under this section are prohibited from participating in any business activity of a real estate salesperson or a real estate broker and from engaging in any real estate-related business activity on the premises where a real estate salesperson or real estate broker is conducting business. Persons suspended or barred under this section are also prohibited from participating in any real estate-related business activity of a finance lender, residential mortgage lender, bank, credit union, escrow company, title company, or underwritten title company. Persons suspended or barred from a position of employment, management, or control under this section are also barred from participating in examinations for licensure.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 380, Sec. 1. (SB 875) Effective January 1, 2013.)

10088.
  

After the filing of a desist and refrain order or a bar order, or the commencement of a formal disciplinary action by the commissioner, and upon a finding by the commissioner that action is warranted for the protection of the public, and that failure to act is likely to result in grievous harm to the public, the commissioner may make information public confirming the fact of an investigation or proceeding regarding a licensee or unlicensed person believed to be engaging in activities for which a real estate license is required. Any release that contains the identity of a person or business under investigation shall include language explaining that the subject of the release is entitled to a public hearing on the merits of the desist and refrain order, bar order, or accusation or accusations against that person or business. The release may also clarify the procedural aspects and current status of the investigation or proceeding.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 717, Sec. 3. (SB 53) Effective January 1, 2012.)

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