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Georgia State Code
Title      43
Chapter      40  
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Title 43, Chapter 40, Section 15 (43-40-15)

(a) Licenses shall be granted only to persons who bear a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact the business of a licensee in such manner as to safeguard the interest of the public and only after satisfactory proof of such qualifications has been presented to the commission. The commission may deny a license to a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership if a stockholder, member, or partner or any combination thereof which owns more than a 20 percent interest therein does not bear a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity; has been convicted of any of the crimes enumerated in subsection (b) of this Code section; or has been sanctioned by any legally constituted regulatory agency for violating a law regulating the sale of real estate.

(b)(1) As used in this Code section, the term:

(A) "Conviction" means a finding or verdict of guilty or a plea of guilty, regardless of whether an appeal of the conviction has been brought; a sentencing to first offender treatment without an adjudication of guilt pursuant to a charge of a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude; or a plea of nolo contendere to a charge of a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.

(B) "Felony" includes any offense which, if committed in this state, would be deemed a felony, without regard to its designation elsewhere.

(2) Where an applicant for a community association manager's license or a salesperson's license has been convicted of forgery, embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses, theft, extortion, conspiracy to defraud, or other like offense or offenses or has been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude and has been convicted thereof in a court of competent jurisdiction of this or any other state, district, or territory of the United States, or of a foreign country, such conviction in itself may be a sufficient ground for refusal of a license. An applicant for licensure as an associate broker or a broker who has been convicted of any offense enumerated in this subsection may be licensed by the commission as an associate broker or a broker only if:

(A) At least ten years have passed since the applicant was convicted, sentenced, or released from any incarceration, whichever is later;

(B) No criminal charges are pending against the applicant; and

(C) The applicant presents to the commission satisfactory proof that the applicant now bears a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact the business of a licensee in such a manner as to safeguard the interest of the public.

(c) Where an applicant or licensee has been found guilty of a violation of the federal fair housing law or Article 4 of Chapter 3 of Title 8 by an administrative law judge or a court of competent jurisdiction and after any appeal of such conviction is concluded, such conviction may in itself be a sufficient ground for refusal of a license or the imposition of any sanction permitted by this chapter.

(d) Where an applicant or licensee has made a false statement of material fact on his or her application or caused to be submitted or been a party to preparing or submitting any falsified application to the commission, such action may, in itself, be a sufficient ground for the refusal, suspension, or revocation of the license.

(e) Grounds for suspension or revocation of a license, as provided for by this chapter, shall also be grounds for refusal to grant a license.

(f) The conduct provided for in subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), and (h) of this Code section which relates to the denial of a real estate license to an applicant shall also be grounds for imposition of any sanction permitted by this chapter when the conduct is that of a licensee.

(g) Whenever the commission initiates an investigation as permitted by Code Section 43-40-27 to determine whether a licensee has violated any provision of this chapter or its rules and regulations and such licensee has:

(1) Surrendered or voluntarily surrenders the license to the commission;

(2) Allowed or allows the license to lapse due to failure to meet educational requirements provided by law; or

(3) Allowed or allows the license to lapse due to failure to pay any required fees

then if such surrender or lapsing takes place after the commission has filed a notice of hearing alleging that such licensee has violated any provision of this chapter or its rules and regulations, but before the commission enters a final order in the matter, then upon submission of a new application by such licensee the matters asserted in the notice of hearing shall be deemed admitted and may be used by the commission as grounds for refusal of a new license to such licensee. If such surrender or lapsing takes place prior to the commission's filing of a notice of hearing, but after the commission initiates an investigation as permitted by Code Section 43-40-27, then the commission may issue an order revoking such licensee's license. Such order of revocation shall be final ten days after it is issued unless the licensee named in the order requests a hearing before the commission. If such licensee requests a hearing, the commission shall file a notice of hearing and provide a hearing for such licensee in accordance with Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act."

(h) Whenever any occupational licensing body of this state, any other state, or any foreign country has sanctioned the license of an applicant for any license authorized by this chapter or whenever such an applicant has allowed a license to lapse or has surrendered a license to any occupational licensing body of this state, any other state, or any foreign country after that body has initiated an investigation or a disciplinary process regarding such applicant's license, such sanction, lapsing, or surrender in itself may be a sufficient ground for refusal of a license. Whenever any occupational licensing body of this state, any other state, or any foreign country has revoked the license of an applicant for any license authorized by this chapter or whenever such an applicant has allowed a license to lapse or has surrendered a license to any occupational licensing body of this state, any other state, or foreign country after that body has initiated an investigation or a disciplinary process regarding such applicant's license, the commission may issue an associate broker's or a broker's license only if:

(1) At least ten years have passed since the date that the applicant's occupational license was revoked;

(2) No criminal charges are pending against the applicant at the time of application; and

(3) The applicant presents to the commission satisfactory proof that the applicant now bears a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact the business of a licensee in such a manner as to safeguard the interest of the public.

(i) Whenever any licensee is convicted of any offense enumerated in subsection (b) of this Code section, the licensee must immediately notify the commission of that conviction. The licensee's license shall automatically be revoked 60 days after the licensee's conviction unless the licensee makes a written request to the commission for a hearing during that 60 day period. The failure of a licensee to notify the commission of the licensee's conviction within 60 days of the date of that conviction shall be grounds for automatically revoking the licensee's license prior to any hearing at the time the commission receives evidence of that conviction. Following any such hearing held pursuant to this subsection, the commission in its discretion may impose upon that licensee any sanction permitted by this chapter.

(j) Whenever the commission revokes or suspends the license of a community association manager, a salesperson, an associate broker, or a broker, then any school or instructor approval which such licensee holds shall also be revoked or suspended. Whenever a licensee surrenders a real estate license as provided for in subsection (g) of this Code section, any school or instructor approval which such licensee holds shall also be subject to the provisions of subsection (g) of this Code section.

(k) Where an applicant or licensee has been found not in compliance with an order for child support as provided in Code Section 19-6-28.1 or 19-11-9.3, such action is sufficient grounds for refusal of a license or suspension of a license. In such actions, the hearing and appeal procedures provided for in those Code sections shall be the only such procedures required under this chapter.

(l) Where an applicant or licensee has been found to be a borrower in default who is not in satisfactory repayment status as provided in Code Section 20-3-295, such status is sufficient grounds for refusal of a license or suspension of a license. In such cases, the hearing and appeal procedures provided for in Code Section 20-3-295 shall be the only such procedures required under this chapter. (m) Where the commission has previously sanctioned any applicant for a license under Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act," such sanction may in itself be a sufficient ground for refusing the license.

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