475.22 Broker to maintain office and sign at entrance of office; registered office outside state; broker required to cooperate in investigation.—
(1) Each active broker shall maintain an office, which shall consist of at least one enclosed room in a building of stationary construction. Each active broker shall maintain a sign on or about the entrance of her or his principal office and each branch office, which sign may be easily observed and read by any person about to enter such office. Each sign must contain the name of the broker, together with the trade name, if any. For a partnership or corporation, the sign must contain the name of the firm or corporation or trade name of the firm or corporation, together with the name of at least one of the brokers. At a minimum, the words “licensed real estate broker” or “lic. real estate broker” must appear on the office entrance signs.
(2) If a broker’s registered office is located outside the State of Florida, prior to registering such office or branch office, the broker shall agree in writing to cooperate and shall cooperate with any investigation initiated in accordance with this chapter or commission rules including, but not limited to, the broker promptly supplying any documents requested by any authorized representative of the department and by personally appearing at any designated office of the department or other location in the state or elsewhere as reasonably requested by the department. If the department sends, by certified mail to the broker at the broker’s last known business address as registered with the department, a notice or request to produce any documents or to appear for an interview with an authorized representative of the department and the broker fails to substantially comply with that request or notice, then such failure by the broker is a violation of the license law, subject to the penalties of s. 475.25.
History.—s. 23, ch. 12223, 1927; CGL 4084; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 2, ch. 77-355; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 16, 42, 43, ch. 79-239; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 18, 38, ch. 82-1; ss. 28, 30, ch. 88-20; s. 4, ch. 91-289; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 370, ch. 97-103; s. 32, ch. 2003-164.