Substitute Senate Bill No. 1210

Public Act No. 99-231

An Act Concerning the Real Estate Guaranty Fund and Exempting Transfers of Real Property to a Limited Liability Company from the Real Estate Conveyance Tax.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 12-498 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The tax imposed by section 12-494 shall not apply to: (1) Deeds which this state is prohibited from taxing under the constitution or laws of the United States; (2) deeds which secure a debt or other obligation; (3) deeds to which this state or any of its political subdivisions or its or their respective agencies is a party; (4) tax deeds; (5) deeds of release of property which is security for a debt or other obligation; (6) deeds of partition; (7) deeds made pursuant to mergers of corporations; (8) deeds made by a subsidiary corporation to its parent corporation for no consideration other than the cancellation or surrender of the subsidiary's stock; (9) deeds made pursuant to a decree of the Superior Court under section 46b-81, 49-24 or 52-495; (10) deeds, when the consideration for the interest or property conveyed is less than two thousand dollars; (11) deeds between affiliated corporations, provided both of such corporations are exempt from taxation pursuant to paragraph (2), (3) or (25) of Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended; (12) deeds made by a corporation which is exempt from taxation pursuant to paragraph (3) of Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, to any corporation which is exempt from taxation pursuant to said paragraph (3) of said Section 501(c); (13) deeds made to any nonprofit organization which is organized for the purpose of holding undeveloped land in trust for conservation or recreation purposes; (14) deeds between spouses; (15) deeds of property for the stadium facility site, the site of the NFL pavilion and the training facility site, both as defined in section 32-621; [and] (16) land transfers made on or after July 1, 1998, to a water company, as defined in section 16-1, provided the land is classified as class I or class II land, as defined in section 25-37c, after such transfer; and (17) transfers or conveyances to effectuate a mere change of identity or form of ownership or organization, where there is no change in beneficial ownership.

Sec. 2. Subsection (f) of section 20-314 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(f) All licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter shall expire annually. At the time of application for a real estate broker's license, there shall be paid to the commission, for each individual applicant and for each proposed active member or officer of a firm, partnership, association or corporation, the sum of four hundred fifty dollars, and for the annual renewal thereof, the sum of three hundred dollars and for a real estate salesperson's license two hundred twenty-five dollars and for the annual renewal thereof the sum of two hundred twenty-five dollars. Three dollars of each such annual renewal fee shall be payable to the Real Estate Guaranty Fund established pursuant to section 20-324a. If a license is not issued, the fee shall be returned. A real estate broker's license issued to any partnership, association or corporation shall entitle the individual designated in the application, as provided in section 20-312, upon compliance with the terms of this chapter, but without the payment of any further fee, to perform all of the acts of a real estate broker under this chapter on behalf of such partnership, association or corporation. Any license which expires and is not renewed pursuant to this subsection may be reinstated by the commission, if, not later than two years after the date of expiration, the former licensee pays to the commission for each real estate broker's license the sum of three hundred dollars and for each real estate salesperson's license the sum of two hundred twenty-five dollars for each year or fraction thereof from the date of expiration of the previous license to the date of payment for reinstatement, except that any licensee whose license expired after such licensee entered military service shall be reinstated without payment of any fee if an application for reinstatement is filed with the commission within two years after the date of expiration. Any such reinstated license shall expire on the next succeeding April thirtieth.

Sec. 3. Section 20-320 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Department of Consumer Protection may, upon the request of the commission or upon the verified complaint in writing of any person, if such complaint, or such complaint together with evidence, documentary or otherwise, presented in connection with such complaint, shall make out a prima facie case, investigate the actions of any real estate broker or real estate salesperson or any person who assumes to act in any of such capacities within this state. The commission may temporarily suspend or permanently revoke any license issued under the provisions of this chapter and, in addition to or in lieu of such suspension or revocation, may, in its discretion, impose a fine of not more than two thousand dollars at any time when, after proceedings as provided in section 20-321, the commission finds that the licensee has by false or fraudulent misrepresentation obtained a license or that the licensee is guilty of any of the following: (1) Making any material misrepresentation; (2) making any false promise of a character likely to influence, persuade or induce; (3) acting as an agent for more than one party in a transaction without the knowledge of all parties for whom the licensee acts; (4) representing or attempting to represent a real estate broker other than the licensee's employer or the broker with whom the licensee is affiliated, without the express knowledge and consent of the licensee's employer or affiliated broker; (5) failing, within a reasonable time, to account for or remit any moneys coming into the licensee's possession which belong to others; (6) entering into an exclusive listing contract or buyer agency contract which contains a fixed termination date if such contract also provides for an automatic continuation of the period of such contract beyond such date; (7) failing to deliver immediately a copy of any instrument to any party or parties executing the instrument, where such instrument has been prepared by the licensee or under the licensee's supervision and where such instrument relates to the employment of the licensee or to any matters pertaining to the consummation of a lease, or the purchase, sale or exchange of real property or any other type of real estate transaction in which the licensee may participate as a broker or a salesperson; (8) conviction in a court of competent jurisdiction of forgery, embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses, larceny, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, or other like offense or offenses, provided suspension or revocation under this subdivision shall be subject to the provisions of section 46a-80; (9) collecting compensation in advance of services to be performed and failing, upon demand of the person paying the compensation or the commission, to render an accounting of the use of such money; (10) commingling funds of others with the licensee's own, or failing to keep funds of others in an escrow or trustee account; (11) any act or conduct which constitutes dishonest, fraudulent or improper dealings; (12) failing to provide the disclosures required by section 20-325c; (13) a violation of any provision of this chapter or any regulation adopted under this chapter. Any fine collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Real Estate Guaranty Fund established pursuant to section 20-324a.

Sec. 4. Section 20-324b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person who receives a real estate broker's or real estate salesperson's license under this chapter for the first time shall pay an additional one-time fee of twenty dollars in addition to all other fees payable, which additional fee shall be credited to the Real Estate Guaranty Fund. The Real Estate Guaranty Fund shall also be credited as provided in sections 20-314 and 20-320, as amended by this act.

Sec. 5. Section 20-324c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The commission shall maintain the Real Estate Guaranty Fund at a level not to exceed five hundred thousand dollars and to this intent moneys received under section 20-324b, as amended by this act, shall be credited to said fund whenever the fund balance is below five hundred thousand dollars. Any such moneys may be invested or reinvested in the same manner as funds of the state employees retirement system. [, and the] The interest arising from such investments shall be credited to the [General Fund] Real Estate Guaranty Fund whenever the fund balance is below five hundred thousand dollars, and to the General Fund whenever the fund balance is equal to or greater than five hundred thousand dollars. Any moneys received under section 20-324b, as amended by this act, not required to maintain the Real Estate Guaranty Fund balance shall be deposited to the General Fund. All moneys in the Real Estate Guaranty Fund in excess of five hundred thousand dollars, shall be transferred by the State Treasurer to the General Fund.

Sec. 6. Section 20-311e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The commission shall deposit all moneys received by it from fees in accordance with the provisions of this chapter with the State Treasurer, and they shall, except as to that portion thereof required to be paid over to The University of Connecticut under the provisions of section 10a-125, or that portion required to be paid to the Real Estate Guaranty Fund pursuant to this chapter, become part of the General Fund.

Sec. 7. This act shall take effect from its passage, except that section 1 shall take effect October 1, 1999, and shall be applicable to transfers made on or after said date.

Approved June 29, 1999

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