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452.14

452.14 Investigation and discipline of licensees.

452.14(1)

(1) The department shall, upon motion of the board or upon its own determination, conduct investigations and, as appropriate, may hold hearings and make findings, if the department receives credible information that a broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson has violated this chapter or any rule promulgated under this chapter.

452.14(2)

(2) The department shall present the findings of any investigation of a licensee or registrant to the board for its consideration. The department shall upon motion of the board, and may, upon its own determination, commence disciplinary proceedings on any matter under investigation concerning a licensee or registrant. No investigation of a licensee or registrant may be closed without motion of the board.

452.14(3)

(3) Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by the board according to rules adopted under s. 440.03 (1). The board may revoke, suspend or limit any broker's, salesperson's or time-share salesperson's license or registration, or reprimand the holder of the license or registration, if it finds that the holder of the license or registration has:

452.14(3)(a)

(a) Made a material misstatement in the application for a license or registration, or in any information furnished to the board or department;

452.14(3)(b)

(b) Made any substantial misrepresentation with reference to a transaction injurious to a seller or purchaser in which the broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson acts as agent;

452.14(3)(c)

(c) Made any false promises of a character such as to influence, persuade or induce the seller or purchaser to his or her injury or damage;

452.14(3)(d)

(d) Pursued a continued and flagrant course of misrepresentation or made false promises through agents or salespersons or advertising;

452.14(3)(f)

(f) Accepted from any person except the broker's, salesperson's, or time-share salesperson's employer, if the broker, salesperson, or time-share salesperson is employed as a salesperson or time-share salesperson by a broker, a commission or valuable consideration as a salesperson or time-share salesperson for the performance of any act specified in this chapter or as compensation for referring a person to another broker, salesperson, or time-share salesperson or to any other person in connection with a transaction;

452.14(3)(g)

(g) Represented or attempted to represent a broker other than the employer, without the express knowledge and consent of the employer;

452.14(3)(h)

(h) Failed, within a reasonable time, to account for or remit any moneys coming into the broker's, salesperson's or time-share salesperson's possession which belong to another person;

452.14(3)(i)

(i) Demonstrated incompetency to act as a broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson in a manner which safeguards the interests of the public;

452.14(3)(j)

(j) Paid or offered to pay a commission or valuable consideration to any person for acts or services in violation of this chapter;

452.14(3)(jm)

(jm) Intentionally encouraged or discouraged any person from purchasing or renting real estate in a particular area on the basis of race. If the board finds that any broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson has violated this paragraph, the board shall, in addition to any temporary penalty imposed under this subsection, apply the penalty provided in s. 452.17 (4);

452.14(3)(k)

(k) Been guilty of any other conduct, whether of the same or a different character from that specified herein, which constitutes improper, fraudulent or dishonest dealing;

452.14(3)(L)

(L) Violated any provision of this chapter;

452.14(3)(m)

(m) Failed to use forms approved under s. 452.05 (1) (b); or

452.14(3)(n)

(n) Treated any person unequally solely because of sex, race, color, handicap, national origin, ancestry, marital status, lawful source of income, or status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, as defined in s. 106.50 (1m) (u).

452.14(4)

(4) If a broker is a business entity it shall be sufficient cause for reprimand or for the limitation, suspension or revocation of a broker's license that any business representative of the business entity, or anyone who has a financial interest in or is in any way connected with the operation of a brokerage business, has been guilty of any act or omission which would be cause for refusing a broker's license to such person as an individual.

452.14(4m)

(4m) In addition to or in lieu of a reprimand, the issuance of a private letter of warning or a revocation, limitation or suspension of a license or certificate of registration under sub. (3), the board may do any of the following:

452.14(4m)(a)

(a) Assess against a person who is licensed or registered under this chapter a forfeiture of not more than $1,000 for each violation enumerated under sub. (3).

452.14(4m)(b)

(b) Require a licensee to successfully complete education or training, in addition to any education or training required for licensure or registration or for renewal of a license or certificate under this chapter, as a condition of continued licensure or registration or reinstatement of a license or certificate.

452.14(5)

(5) The department may seek judicial review under ch. 227 of any final decision of the board. The department shall be represented in such review proceedings by an attorney within the department. Upon request of the board, the attorney general may represent the board. If the attorney general does not represent the board, the board may retain special counsel which shall be paid for out of the appropriation under s. 20.165 (1) (g).

452.14 - ANNOT.

History: 1981 c. 94, 391; 1983 a. 27 s. 2202 (44); 1983 a. 354; 1985 a. 305; 1987 a. 399; 1989 a. 307, 341, 359; 1991 a. 32, 163; 1993 a. 127; 1995 a. 400; 2005 a. 87; 2009 a. 95.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also chs. RL 15, 16, and 24, Wis. adm. code.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Real estate brokers may engage in guaranteed sales plans if there is full disclosure and the broker does not engage in fraud, misrepresentation, or improper dealing. 61 Atty. Gen. 3.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Provisions in Executive Order 67 (1973), with respect to duty of real estate brokers to advise prospective purchasers of floodplain zoning status of property, do not constitute a new standard but suggest a course of action that the real estate examining board might take. The action to be taken would depend on the facts in each case. 63 Atty. Gen. 236.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Neither s. 440.20, 452.10 (2), 1977 stats., nor the rules of the department of regulation and licensing require the board to hold a hearing when a citizen files a verified complaint with the board requesting institution of disciplinary proceedings against a licensee. 68 Atty. Gen. 30.

State Codes and Statutes

Statutes > Wisconsin > 452 > 452.14

452.14

452.14 Investigation and discipline of licensees.

452.14(1)

(1) The department shall, upon motion of the board or upon its own determination, conduct investigations and, as appropriate, may hold hearings and make findings, if the department receives credible information that a broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson has violated this chapter or any rule promulgated under this chapter.

452.14(2)

(2) The department shall present the findings of any investigation of a licensee or registrant to the board for its consideration. The department shall upon motion of the board, and may, upon its own determination, commence disciplinary proceedings on any matter under investigation concerning a licensee or registrant. No investigation of a licensee or registrant may be closed without motion of the board.

452.14(3)

(3) Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by the board according to rules adopted under s. 440.03 (1). The board may revoke, suspend or limit any broker's, salesperson's or time-share salesperson's license or registration, or reprimand the holder of the license or registration, if it finds that the holder of the license or registration has:

452.14(3)(a)

(a) Made a material misstatement in the application for a license or registration, or in any information furnished to the board or department;

452.14(3)(b)

(b) Made any substantial misrepresentation with reference to a transaction injurious to a seller or purchaser in which the broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson acts as agent;

452.14(3)(c)

(c) Made any false promises of a character such as to influence, persuade or induce the seller or purchaser to his or her injury or damage;

452.14(3)(d)

(d) Pursued a continued and flagrant course of misrepresentation or made false promises through agents or salespersons or advertising;

452.14(3)(f)

(f) Accepted from any person except the broker's, salesperson's, or time-share salesperson's employer, if the broker, salesperson, or time-share salesperson is employed as a salesperson or time-share salesperson by a broker, a commission or valuable consideration as a salesperson or time-share salesperson for the performance of any act specified in this chapter or as compensation for referring a person to another broker, salesperson, or time-share salesperson or to any other person in connection with a transaction;

452.14(3)(g)

(g) Represented or attempted to represent a broker other than the employer, without the express knowledge and consent of the employer;

452.14(3)(h)

(h) Failed, within a reasonable time, to account for or remit any moneys coming into the broker's, salesperson's or time-share salesperson's possession which belong to another person;

452.14(3)(i)

(i) Demonstrated incompetency to act as a broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson in a manner which safeguards the interests of the public;

452.14(3)(j)

(j) Paid or offered to pay a commission or valuable consideration to any person for acts or services in violation of this chapter;

452.14(3)(jm)

(jm) Intentionally encouraged or discouraged any person from purchasing or renting real estate in a particular area on the basis of race. If the board finds that any broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson has violated this paragraph, the board shall, in addition to any temporary penalty imposed under this subsection, apply the penalty provided in s. 452.17 (4);

452.14(3)(k)

(k) Been guilty of any other conduct, whether of the same or a different character from that specified herein, which constitutes improper, fraudulent or dishonest dealing;

452.14(3)(L)

(L) Violated any provision of this chapter;

452.14(3)(m)

(m) Failed to use forms approved under s. 452.05 (1) (b); or

452.14(3)(n)

(n) Treated any person unequally solely because of sex, race, color, handicap, national origin, ancestry, marital status, lawful source of income, or status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, as defined in s. 106.50 (1m) (u).

452.14(4)

(4) If a broker is a business entity it shall be sufficient cause for reprimand or for the limitation, suspension or revocation of a broker's license that any business representative of the business entity, or anyone who has a financial interest in or is in any way connected with the operation of a brokerage business, has been guilty of any act or omission which would be cause for refusing a broker's license to such person as an individual.

452.14(4m)

(4m) In addition to or in lieu of a reprimand, the issuance of a private letter of warning or a revocation, limitation or suspension of a license or certificate of registration under sub. (3), the board may do any of the following:

452.14(4m)(a)

(a) Assess against a person who is licensed or registered under this chapter a forfeiture of not more than $1,000 for each violation enumerated under sub. (3).

452.14(4m)(b)

(b) Require a licensee to successfully complete education or training, in addition to any education or training required for licensure or registration or for renewal of a license or certificate under this chapter, as a condition of continued licensure or registration or reinstatement of a license or certificate.

452.14(5)

(5) The department may seek judicial review under ch. 227 of any final decision of the board. The department shall be represented in such review proceedings by an attorney within the department. Upon request of the board, the attorney general may represent the board. If the attorney general does not represent the board, the board may retain special counsel which shall be paid for out of the appropriation under s. 20.165 (1) (g).

452.14 - ANNOT.

History: 1981 c. 94, 391; 1983 a. 27 s. 2202 (44); 1983 a. 354; 1985 a. 305; 1987 a. 399; 1989 a. 307, 341, 359; 1991 a. 32, 163; 1993 a. 127; 1995 a. 400; 2005 a. 87; 2009 a. 95.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also chs. RL 15, 16, and 24, Wis. adm. code.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Real estate brokers may engage in guaranteed sales plans if there is full disclosure and the broker does not engage in fraud, misrepresentation, or improper dealing. 61 Atty. Gen. 3.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Provisions in Executive Order 67 (1973), with respect to duty of real estate brokers to advise prospective purchasers of floodplain zoning status of property, do not constitute a new standard but suggest a course of action that the real estate examining board might take. The action to be taken would depend on the facts in each case. 63 Atty. Gen. 236.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Neither s. 440.20, 452.10 (2), 1977 stats., nor the rules of the department of regulation and licensing require the board to hold a hearing when a citizen files a verified complaint with the board requesting institution of disciplinary proceedings against a licensee. 68 Atty. Gen. 30.

State Codes and Statutes

State Codes and Statutes

Statutes > Wisconsin > 452 > 452.14

452.14

452.14 Investigation and discipline of licensees.

452.14(1)

(1) The department shall, upon motion of the board or upon its own determination, conduct investigations and, as appropriate, may hold hearings and make findings, if the department receives credible information that a broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson has violated this chapter or any rule promulgated under this chapter.

452.14(2)

(2) The department shall present the findings of any investigation of a licensee or registrant to the board for its consideration. The department shall upon motion of the board, and may, upon its own determination, commence disciplinary proceedings on any matter under investigation concerning a licensee or registrant. No investigation of a licensee or registrant may be closed without motion of the board.

452.14(3)

(3) Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by the board according to rules adopted under s. 440.03 (1). The board may revoke, suspend or limit any broker's, salesperson's or time-share salesperson's license or registration, or reprimand the holder of the license or registration, if it finds that the holder of the license or registration has:

452.14(3)(a)

(a) Made a material misstatement in the application for a license or registration, or in any information furnished to the board or department;

452.14(3)(b)

(b) Made any substantial misrepresentation with reference to a transaction injurious to a seller or purchaser in which the broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson acts as agent;

452.14(3)(c)

(c) Made any false promises of a character such as to influence, persuade or induce the seller or purchaser to his or her injury or damage;

452.14(3)(d)

(d) Pursued a continued and flagrant course of misrepresentation or made false promises through agents or salespersons or advertising;

452.14(3)(f)

(f) Accepted from any person except the broker's, salesperson's, or time-share salesperson's employer, if the broker, salesperson, or time-share salesperson is employed as a salesperson or time-share salesperson by a broker, a commission or valuable consideration as a salesperson or time-share salesperson for the performance of any act specified in this chapter or as compensation for referring a person to another broker, salesperson, or time-share salesperson or to any other person in connection with a transaction;

452.14(3)(g)

(g) Represented or attempted to represent a broker other than the employer, without the express knowledge and consent of the employer;

452.14(3)(h)

(h) Failed, within a reasonable time, to account for or remit any moneys coming into the broker's, salesperson's or time-share salesperson's possession which belong to another person;

452.14(3)(i)

(i) Demonstrated incompetency to act as a broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson in a manner which safeguards the interests of the public;

452.14(3)(j)

(j) Paid or offered to pay a commission or valuable consideration to any person for acts or services in violation of this chapter;

452.14(3)(jm)

(jm) Intentionally encouraged or discouraged any person from purchasing or renting real estate in a particular area on the basis of race. If the board finds that any broker, salesperson or time-share salesperson has violated this paragraph, the board shall, in addition to any temporary penalty imposed under this subsection, apply the penalty provided in s. 452.17 (4);

452.14(3)(k)

(k) Been guilty of any other conduct, whether of the same or a different character from that specified herein, which constitutes improper, fraudulent or dishonest dealing;

452.14(3)(L)

(L) Violated any provision of this chapter;

452.14(3)(m)

(m) Failed to use forms approved under s. 452.05 (1) (b); or

452.14(3)(n)

(n) Treated any person unequally solely because of sex, race, color, handicap, national origin, ancestry, marital status, lawful source of income, or status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, as defined in s. 106.50 (1m) (u).

452.14(4)

(4) If a broker is a business entity it shall be sufficient cause for reprimand or for the limitation, suspension or revocation of a broker's license that any business representative of the business entity, or anyone who has a financial interest in or is in any way connected with the operation of a brokerage business, has been guilty of any act or omission which would be cause for refusing a broker's license to such person as an individual.

452.14(4m)

(4m) In addition to or in lieu of a reprimand, the issuance of a private letter of warning or a revocation, limitation or suspension of a license or certificate of registration under sub. (3), the board may do any of the following:

452.14(4m)(a)

(a) Assess against a person who is licensed or registered under this chapter a forfeiture of not more than $1,000 for each violation enumerated under sub. (3).

452.14(4m)(b)

(b) Require a licensee to successfully complete education or training, in addition to any education or training required for licensure or registration or for renewal of a license or certificate under this chapter, as a condition of continued licensure or registration or reinstatement of a license or certificate.

452.14(5)

(5) The department may seek judicial review under ch. 227 of any final decision of the board. The department shall be represented in such review proceedings by an attorney within the department. Upon request of the board, the attorney general may represent the board. If the attorney general does not represent the board, the board may retain special counsel which shall be paid for out of the appropriation under s. 20.165 (1) (g).

452.14 - ANNOT.

History: 1981 c. 94, 391; 1983 a. 27 s. 2202 (44); 1983 a. 354; 1985 a. 305; 1987 a. 399; 1989 a. 307, 341, 359; 1991 a. 32, 163; 1993 a. 127; 1995 a. 400; 2005 a. 87; 2009 a. 95.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also chs. RL 15, 16, and 24, Wis. adm. code.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Real estate brokers may engage in guaranteed sales plans if there is full disclosure and the broker does not engage in fraud, misrepresentation, or improper dealing. 61 Atty. Gen. 3.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Provisions in Executive Order 67 (1973), with respect to duty of real estate brokers to advise prospective purchasers of floodplain zoning status of property, do not constitute a new standard but suggest a course of action that the real estate examining board might take. The action to be taken would depend on the facts in each case. 63 Atty. Gen. 236.

452.14 - ANNOT.

Neither s. 440.20, 452.10 (2), 1977 stats., nor the rules of the department of regulation and licensing require the board to hold a hearing when a citizen files a verified complaint with the board requesting institution of disciplinary proceedings against a licensee. 68 Atty. Gen. 30.

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