2021 California Code
Business and Professions Code - BPC
DIVISION 4 - REAL ESTATE
PART 1 - LICENSING OF PERSONS
CHAPTER 3 - Real Estate Regulations
ARTICLE 2.1 - Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licenses
(a) A real estate broker who acts pursuant to Section 10131.1 or subdivision (d) or (e) of Section 10131 and who makes, arranges, or services loans secured by real property containing one to four residential units, shall keep documents and records that will properly enable the commissioner to determine whether the residential mortgage brokerage, servicing, and lending functions performed by the broker comply with this division and with all applicable rules and orders made by the commissioner. These documents shall include, at a minimum, the documents described in Section 10148. Upon request of the commissioner, a real estate broker shall file an authorization for disclosure to the commissioner of financial records of his or her licensed business pursuant to Section 7473 of the Government Code.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 10148, the business documents and records of real estate brokers described in subdivision (a) and real estate salespersons acting under those brokers are subject to inspection and examination or audit by the commissioner, at his or her discretion, after reasonable notice. That real estate broker or salesperson shall, upon request by the commissioner and within the time period specified in that request, allow the commissioner, or his or her authorized representative, to inspect and copy any business documents and records. The commissioner may suspend or revoke the license of the broker or salesperson if he or she fails to produce documents or records within the time period specified in the request.
(c) Inspection and examination or audit reports prepared by the commissioner’s duly designated representatives pursuant to this section are not public records. Those reports may be disclosed to the officers or directors of a licensee that is the subject of the report for the purpose of corrective action. That disclosure shall not operate as a waiver of the exemption specified in subdivision (d) of Section 6254 of the Government Code.
(Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 160, Sec. 6. (SB 36) Effective October 11, 2009. Superseded on January 1, 2023; see amendment by Stats. 2021, Ch. 615.)