4735.20 Commissions, fees, or other compensation.

(A) Except as provided in divisions (B), (C), and (G) of this section, no licensed real estate broker or licensed foreign real estate dealer shall pay a commission, fee, or other compensation for performing any of the acts specified in section 4735.01 of the Revised Code to any person who is not a licensed real estate broker or a licensed real estate salesperson or to any person who is not a licensed foreign real estate dealer or a licensed foreign real estate salesperson.

(B) A licensed real estate broker or licensed foreign real estate dealer may pay a commission to a licensed real estate broker or licensed foreign real estate dealer of another state or country and may receive a commission from a licensed real estate broker or licensed foreign real estate dealer of another state or country, but only when done in accordance with rules adopted by the Ohio real estate commission pursuant to section 4735.10 of the Revised Code.

(C) A licensed real estate broker may pay all or part of a fee, commission, or other compensation earned by an affiliated licensee to a partnership, association, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or corporation that is not licensed as a real estate broker on the condition that all of the following conditions are satisfied:

(1) At least one of the partners, members, officers, or shareholders of the unlicensed partnership, association, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or corporation holds a valid and active license issued under this chapter.

(2) At least one of the partners, members, officers, or shareholders of the unlicensed partnership, association, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or corporation is the affiliated licensee who earned the fee, commission, or other compensation.

(3) The unlicensed partnership, association, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or corporation does not engage in any of the acts specified in division (A) of section 4735.01 of the Revised Code.

(4) The broker verifies that the affiliated licensee complies with divisions (C)(1) and (2) of this section and keeps a record of this verification for a period of three years after the date of verification.

(5) The broker keeps a record of all of the following information for each transaction, for a period of three years after the date of the transaction:

(a) The name of the affiliated licensee who earned the fee, commission, or other compensation;

(b) The amount of the fee, commission, or other compensation that was earned;

(c) The name of the unlicensed partnership, association, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or corporation to which the broker paid the affiliated licensee's fee, commission, or other compensation.

(D) Compliance with division (C) of this section does not relieve a broker described in that division of any obligations to supervise an affiliated licensee, or of any other requirements of this chapter or rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.

(E) Compliance with division (C) of this section does not render a broker described in that division or an affiliated licensee exempt from sections 4735.051 , 4735.18 , and 4735.32 of the Revised Code, or immune from personal liability in a civil action against the broker or affiliated licensee for a violation of this chapter.

(F) No broker shall pay a fee, commission, or other compensation that is due to an affiliated licensee to a third-party creditor of the affiliated licensee.

(G) Any owner of any interest in foreign real estate may refer a prospective buyer to the person who sold the owner that foreign real estate with the expectation of receiving valuable consideration, if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

(1) The person who sold the owner that foreign real estate is selling qualified foreign real estate pursuant to section 4735.25 of the Revised Code.

(2) Any fee, commission, or other valuable consideration promised or collected during any period consisting of twelve consecutive months does not exceed one thousand dollars.

(3) The owner does not engage in referring prospective buyers of foreign real estate pursuant to this section in the ordinary course of business or as a regular business practice.

(4) The owner does not show the foreign real estate, discuss terms or conditions of purchasing the foreign real estate, or otherwise participate in negotiations with regard to the offering or sale of the foreign real estate.

(5) If a foreign real estate transaction is consummated with a buyer who was referred by the owner to the person who sold the owner that foreign real estate, the occurrence of the referral shall be disclosed by the person who sold the owner that foreign real estate.

(H) The suspension or revocation of a real estate broker's or foreign real estate dealer's license automatically shall suspend every real estate salesperson's or foreign real estate salesperson's license granted to any person by virtue of association with the broker or dealer whose license has been suspended or revoked, pending a change of broker or dealer and the issuance of a new license. Such new license shall be issued without charges, if granted during the same year in which the original license was granted.

(I) A violation of this section is cause for imposing disciplinary sanctions in accordance with the proceedings specified in sections 4735.051 , 4735.18 , and 4735.32 of the Revised Code.

(J) For purposes of this section, "affiliated licensee" means a person who holds a valid and active license issued under this chapter and who is associated with the broker that is paying a fee, commission, or other compensation at the time that that fee, commission, or other compensation is earned.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 04-05-2002