Title 61 Chapter 2f Section 506

Securities Division - Real Estate Division
Real Estate Licensing and Practices Act
Section 506
Procedure to make a claim against the fund.


61-2f-506.   Procedure to make a claim against the fund.

            (1) A person may bring a claim against the fund if:

            (a) the person obtains a final judgment;

            (b) the person complies with the requirements under this part;

            (c) the person is not complicit in the fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit that is the basis of the claim; and

            (d) the final judgment that is the basis for the claim:

            (i) has not been discharged in bankruptcy; and

            (ii) when a bankruptcy proceeding is open or commenced during the pendency of the claim, the person obtains an order from the bankruptcy court declaring the final judgment and related debt to be nondischargeable.

            (2) (a) A person may not bring a claim against the fund for money owed under a civil judgment unless, within 10 business days of the day on which the person brings the civil action that results in the civil judgment, the person sends to the division a signed notification alleging fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit by a real estate licensee.

            (b) Within 30 days of the day on which the division receives a notice under Subsection (1), the division has an unconditional right to intervene in the civil action.

            (3) (a) After obtaining a final judgment, to file a claim against the fund, a person shall:

            (i) file a verified petition in the court where the final judgment is entered seeking an order directing payment from the fund of an amount equal to the uncollected actual damages owed under the final judgment that are unpaid;

            (ii) serve a copy of the verified petition described in Subsection (3)(a)(i) on the division; and

            (iii) file a copy of the affidavit of service of the verified petition with the court.

            (b) Recovery from the fund may not include:

            (i) punitive damages;

            (ii) attorney fees;

            (iii) interest; or

            (iv) court costs.

            (c) Regardless of the number of claimants or parcels of real estate involved in a real estate transaction, the liability of the fund may not exceed:

            (i) $15,000 for a single transaction; and

            (ii) $50,000 for one licensee.

            (4) A court shall conduct a hearing on a petition filed under Subsection (3) as scheduled by the court.

            (5) Subject to Subsection (6), a court may order payment from the fund under this section only if the person who files the petition shows that the person:

            (a) is not:

            (i) in the case of a civil judgment, the spouse of the judgment debtor;

            (ii) in the case of a criminal judgment, the spouse of the criminal defendant; or

            (iii) a personal representative of an individual described in Subsection (5)(a)(i) or (ii);

            (b) is in compliance with this chapter;

            (c) is owed damages under a final judgment that:

            (i) is issued by the court in the manner prescribed under this section; and

            (ii) indicates the amount of the final judgment awarded;

            (d) has proved the amount still owing on the final judgment on the date the petition is filed;

            (e) (i) (A) has had a writ of execution issued upon the final judgment; and

            (B) has received a return made by the officer executing the writ showing that no property subject to execution in satisfaction of the final judgment could be found; or

            (ii) if execution is levied against the property of the judgment debtor or criminal defendant:

            (A) has not realized an amount sufficient to satisfy the final judgment; and

            (B) is owed a specific balance remaining on the final judgment after application of the amount realized;

            (f) has made reasonable searches and inquiries to ascertain whether the judgment debtor or criminal defendant has any interest in property, real or personal, that may satisfy the final judgment; and

            (g) has exercised reasonable diligence to secure payment of the final judgment from the assets of the judgment debtor or criminal defendant.

            (6) If a person satisfies the court under Subsection (5) that it is not practicable for the petitioner to comply with one or more of the requirements enumerated in Subsections (5)(e) through (g), the court may waive those requirements.

Renumbered and Amended by Chapter 379, 2010 General Session