Department of Commerce - General Provisions for Licensees - Statement to be displayed in broker's office and included in information pamphlets.

Published: 2019-02-10

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Every real estate brokerage office shall prominently display a statement in the same immediate area as licenses are displayed which in effect states the following:

(A) The broker and sales associates are licensed by the division of real estate, Ohio department of commerce. It is illegal, pursuant to the Ohio fair housing law, division (H) of section 4112.02 of the Revised Code, and the Federal Fair Housing Law, 42 U.S.C.A. 3601, (1988), to refuse to sell, transfer, assign, rent, lease, sublease, or finance housing accommodations, refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of housing accommodations, or otherwise deny or make unavailable housing accommodations because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status as defined in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code, ancestry, military status as defined in that section, disability as defined in that section, or national origin or to so discriminate in advertising the sale or rental of housing; in the financing of housing, or in the provision of real estate brokerage services, and that the practice of blockbusting is also illegal. The division may be contacted for inquiries and complaints and for information on the real estate recovery fund (section 4735.12 of the Revised Code) as a source of satisfaction of court judgments against licensees of the division.

(B) The statement shall be printed in bold type and shall be at least eight inches by ten inches in size. It shall also include the address and telephone number of the offices of the Ohio division of real estate and shall bear the equal housing logo of the United States department of housing and urban development.

(C) The pamphlet required under section 4735.03 of the Revised Code shall be at least four inches by eight inches in size and shall contain, as well as information on housing and remedies available to dissatisfied clients, the statement provided above, including on the front of the pamphlet below the title the following:

"Provided By Ohio Real Estate Commission"

(D) The names of the commission members and the address and telephone number of the division may change from time to time. Pamphlets not reflecting the appropriate information may be used without violating this rule and as new pamphlets are printed, the appropriate changes shall be made. Displayed statements not reflecting the appropriate division address or telephone number shall be replaced within a reasonable time after the appropriate information is available.