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Showing posts with label Brokerage Laws. Show all posts

Saturday, December 07, 2019

DOS Notice to Licensees in Real Estate Brokerage

Licensees just received this notice on Fair Housing. Remember - discriminating in real estate can result in fines, license revocation, and huge judgment awards in lawsuits.

Lieb School is committed to ending discrimination in housing by educating licensees about behaviors that constitute inadvertent discrimination. Lieb School - Where the Law is Followed.


Dear Licensee:

Please see attached Fair Housing Guidance Document. This email is a reminder notification of your obligation as a Real Estate Licensee to adhere to the laws prohibiting discriminatory practices.

If you have any questions pertaining to this topic, please contact us at eAccessNY@dos.ny.gov.

Division of Licensing Services
NYS Department of State



Monday, November 25, 2019

Pointless Legislation? RE Broker Discrimination = License Revocation

Newsday is reporting that "Sen. James Gaughran (D-Huntington) and Assemb. Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Babylon) introduced a bill that would expand the state’s authority to suspend or revoke a real estate agent’s license."

Did you know that a law already exists that provides for discrimination = license revocation?

19 NYCRR 175.17(b) states:
No real estate broker or salesperson shall engage in an unlawful discriminatory practice, as proscribed by any federal, state or local law applicable to the activities of real estate licensees in New York State. A finding by any federal, state or local agency or court of competent jurisdiction that a real estate broker or salesperson has engaged in unlawful discriminatory practice in the performance of licensed real estate activities shall be presumptive evidence of untrustworthiness and will subject such licensee to discipline, including a proceeding for revocation. Nothing herein shall limit or restrict the Department from otherwise exercising its authority pursuant to section 441-c of the Real Property Law.

Yes, codifying the law makes sense, but unless DOS prosecutes, what's the point?


Hey Brokers - should a license be lost if a broker is found to have discriminated? 

Just remember, not every charge of discrimination is legitimate.

Let us know your thoughts in comments.





Monday, June 03, 2019

Real Estate Brokerage Regulatory Updates - 5/31/19 NYS Board Of Real Estate Meeting Summary

On 5/31/19 the NYS Board of Real Estate continued its mission of optimizing the regulation of real estate brokers in our state by holding its meeting in NYC, Rochester and Albany. To remind real estate brokers and salespersons, the public is welcome at these meetings where the public can bring comments from the floor. It's encouraged that Lieb School students attend these meetings to have your voices heard. 

"[T]he Board has general authority to promulgate rules and regulations affecting real estate brokers and salespersons in order to administer and effectuate the purposes of Article 12-A of the Real Property Law."

A complete video of the meeting is available here.

In summary, the following was discussed:
  1. Complaints: From 1/1/19 to 4/30/19, the Department of State received 241 complaints about licensees. For perspective, there are 134,964 licensees in New York State.
  2. Testing: In 2018, of the 27,209 individuals who sat for the salesperson exam, 14,172 passed, which is roughly a 52% pass rate; of the 2,215 individuals who sat for the brokers exam, 1,447 passed, which is a 55% pass rate.
  3. Regulations: The Board is considered updating advertising regulations as to web based advertising where lead generation will be specifically addressed. Additionally, corporate titles was raised as a concern and a committee was assigned to study the issue. The simple solution stated was increased enforcement. 
  4. Discrimination: Lawful source of income was discussed and the Department, while working with the Division of Human Rights, is hopefully going to issue guidance. 
Remember, to take Lieb School's online classes to stay ahead of your profession. 


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Real estate salespersons must receive sexual harassment trainings - by Andrew Lieb

There are two different laws applicable to real estate salespersons and associate real estate brokers in New York City, which require sexual harassment prevention trainings. There is the New York State law and the New York City law. 

Read the full article by Andrew Lieb, Esq. published in the New York Real Estate Journal here. 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lieb at Law: Are Pocket Listings Legal?

A real estate broker whispers to you that they have an off-market listing that is to die for, but you have no idea what an off-market listing is. More so, the way the real estate broker told you about the listing just sounds to you like something is not right about the transaction. Is this pocket listing even legal?
A pocket listing means that the real estate broker has a listing that is not being advertised to the public markets. Isn’t that an illegal monopoly? In the State of New York, contracts or agreements that refrain trade are illegal and void pursuant to the General Business Law §340, or what is commonly referred to as the Donnelly Act. The Donnelly Act is New York’s version of the federal Sherman Antitrust Act where the state and federal laws require identical basic elements.