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REGULATION OF APARTMENT LISTING SERVICES
Sec. 42-103c. Registration. Application, fee and surety bond. Refusal to issue, revocation and suspension. Notice and hearing. Enforcement.
Sec. 42-103c. Registration. Application, fee and surety bond. Refusal to issue,
revocation and suspension. Notice and hearing. Enforcement. (a) No person may
engage in business as an apartment listing service without first obtaining a certificate
of registration from the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, except that a person
holding a valid real estate broker's license in this state shall not be required to obtain a
(b) Any person seeking a certificate of registration shall apply to the commissioner
in writing, on a form provided by the commissioner. Such person may file one application
on behalf of all of its employees, members, officers, agents and partners, provided the
names of all such persons are listed on the application. Such application shall include the
applicant's name, residence address, business address, employees' names and residence
addresses and such other information as the commissioner may by regulation require.
No such application may be approved unless it is accompanied by a fee of one hundred
dollars for registration and a surety bond in which the applicant shall be the principal
obligor in the sum of ten thousand dollars, with one or more sureties satisfactory to the
commissioner. The bond shall run to the Department of Consumer Protection for the
use of the state and to any person who may have a cause of action against the obligor
of the bond for any malfeasance or misfeasance in the conduct of the apartment listing
service. An applicant may file a consolidated bond on behalf of all of its employees,
members, officers, agents and partners. The commissioner may release the bond not
less than one year after the applicant ceases operation as a registered apartment listing
service, provided there are no claims pending against the bond.
(c) Each registration shall be valid for a period of one year or a part thereof and
shall expire on December thirty-first of each year and may be renewed for additional
one-year periods on or before January first of the next and each following year upon
written application under oath in the form prescribed by the commissioner and containing such information as he may require and the filing of the bond prescribed in
subsection (b) of this section.
(d) Upon receipt of a completed application and surety bond, the commissioner
shall: (1) Issue and deliver to the applicant a certificate to engage in the business of an
apartment listing service; or (2) refuse to issue the certificate for conduct of a character
likely to mislead, deceive or defraud the public or the commissioner or violation of any
of the provisions of this chapter or any regulation established pursuant to any of such
(e) Upon refusal to issue a certificate, the commissioner shall notify the applicant
of the denial and of his right to request a hearing within ten days from the date of receipt
of the notice of denial. In the event the applicant requests a hearing within such ten days,
the commissioner shall give notice of the grounds for his refusal and shall conduct a
hearing concerning such refusal in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 concerning contested matters.
(f) The commissioner may revoke, suspend or refuse to renew any certificate of
registration as an apartment listing service for: (1) Conduct of a character likely to
mislead, deceive or defraud the public or the commissioner; or (2) violation of any of
the provisions of this chapter or this section or any regulation established pursuant to
any of such provisions. No such revocation, suspension or refusal to renew shall be
ordered by the commissioner except upon notice and hearing in accordance with chapter 54.
(g) The Attorney General, at the request of the commissioner, is authorized to apply
in the name of the state of Connecticut to the superior court for the judicial district of
Hartford for an order temporarily or permanently restraining and enjoining any person
from acting as an apartment listing service without first obtaining a certificate of registration from the commissioner.
(P.A. 82-146, S. 2; P.A. 83-500; P.A. 87-153, S. 1; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8;
P.A. 95-220, S. 4-6; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c), (d); P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 05-288, S. 143.)
History: P.A. 83-500 amended Subsec. (b) by requiring applicants for a certificate of registration to pay a one-hundred
dollar filing fee and removed the commissioner's discretionary power to fix the amount of bond at less than ten thousand
dollars; P.A. 87-153 amended Subsec. (b) by authorizing the commissioner to release the bond not less than one year after
the applicant ceases operation as a registered apartment listing service provided there are no claims pending against the bond;
P.A. 88-230 replaced "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" with "judicial district of Hartford", effective September 1,
1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142
changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A.
95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995;
June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-169 replaced Commissioner and Department of Consumer Protection with Commissioner and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of
June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection,
effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective July 13, 2005.