2020 California Code
Business and Professions Code - BPC
DIVISION 4 - REAL ESTATE
PART 1 - LICENSING OF PERSONS
CHAPTER 3 - Real Estate Regulations
ARTICLE 7 - Real Property Loans
(a) A borrower may not waive any right or remedy under this article. This subdivision shall not be deemed to prohibit a bona fide settlement, release or compromise of any claim under this article.
(b) If a loan is negotiated in violation of any section of this article, the licensee, on demand, shall return to the borrower any bonus, brokerage or commission paid or payable under subdivision (b) of Section 10242 for negotiation of such loans. In the event such demand is not satisfied within 20 days from the date of written demand, the borrower may commence an action under this subdivision and may recover actual damages or twice any bonus, brokerage, or commission paid or payable under subdivision (b) of Section 10242 for the negotiation of said loan whichever is greater, plus costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.
The “date of written demand” shall mean either the date upon which the written demand is personally delivered to the licensee or the date upon which the written demand is mailed to the licensee.
A licensee may not be held liable in any action brought under this section for a violation of this article if the licensee shows by a preponderance of evidence that the violation was not intentional and resulted from a bona fide error notwithstanding the maintenance of procedures reasonably adapted to avoid any such error.
If the borrower proceeds under this section he may not proceed under Section 10246 as to the same breach.
(c) If a real estate licensee subject to the provisions of this article violates any provision of Section 10241.1 he shall be liable for, and pay over to the borrower, any commission or experience rating dividend attributable to the insurance written on that loan received by the licensee as a result of the sale of such insurance to the borrower in violation of Section 10241.1 in addition to any premium loss due to short rate cancellation of any insurance subject to Section 10248.1 which was purchased by the borrower.
(d) No action for damages shall be maintained under this section unless brought within two years after the maturity of the loan.
(e) The provisions of this article are not exclusive. The remedies provided for herein shall be in addition to any other procedures or remedies provided under law.
(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 641.)