Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 10, § 2791 - Purchase Money Disbursements

(a) The Contract proposed to be used by an applicant for a public report (Subdivider) for the sale or lease of subdivision interests shall provide that if the escrow for sale or lease of a subdivision interest does not close on or before the date set forth in the contract, or a later closing date mutually agreed to by subdivider and the prospective buyer or lessee (Buyer), within 15 days after the closing date set forth in the contract or an extended closing date mutually agreed to by Subdivider and Buyer, Subdivider shall, except as provided in subdivision (c), order all of the money remitted by Buyer under the terms of the Contract for acquisition of the subdivision interest (Purchase Money) to be refunded to Buyer.
(b) The Contract may provide for disbursements or charges to be made against Purchase Money for payments to third parties for credit reports, escrow services, preliminary title reports, appraisals and loan processing services by such parties provided that the Contract includes:
(1) specific enumeration of all of the disbursements or charges that may be made against Purchase Money, and
(2) the Subdivider's estimate of the total amount of such disbursements and charges.
(c)
(1) Any contractual provision which calls for disbursement or a charge against Purchase Money based upon Buyer's alleged failure to complete the purchase of the subdivision interest must conform with Civil Code Sections 1675 (including either subsection (c) or subsection (d) thereof), 1676, 1677 and 1678.
(2) Except for a disbursement made following substantial compliance with the procedures set forth in paragraph (4) below or pursuant to a written agreement of the parties which either cancels the Contract or is executed after the final closing date specified by the parties, a disbursement or charge against Purchase Money as liquidated damages may be done only pursuant to a determination by a court of law, or by an arbitrator if the parties have so provided by contract, that Subdivider is entitled to a disbursement or charge against Purchase Money as liquidated damages.
(3) A contractual provision for a determination by arbitration that Subdivider is entitled to a disbursement or charge against Purchase Money as liquidated damages shall require that the arbitration be conducted in accordance with procedures that are equivalent in substance to the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, that any arbitration include every cause of action that has arisen between Buyer and Subdivider under the Contract, and that the Subdivider remit the fee to initiate arbitration with the costs of the arbitration ultimately to be borne as determined by the arbitrator.
(4) The contract of sale may include a procedure under which Purchase Money may be disbursed by the escrow holder to the Subdivider as liquidated damages upon Buyer's failure to timely give the escrow holder Buyer's written objection to disbursement of Purchase Money as liquidated damages. This procedure shall contain at least the following elements:
(A) The Subdivider shall give written notice, in the manner prescribed by Section 116.340 of the Code of Civil Procedure for service in a small claims action, to escrow holder and to Buyer that Buyer is in default under the Contract and that Subdivider is demanding that escrow holder remit $_______ from the Purchase Money to Subdivider as liquidated damages unless, within 20 days, Buyer gives escrow holder Buyer's written objection to disbursement of Purchase Money as liquidated damages.
(B) Buyer shall have a period of 20 days from the date of receipt of the Subdivider's 20-day notice and demand in which to give escrow holder Buyer's written objection to disbursement of Purchase Money as liquidated damages.
(5) The Contract may not make Buyer's failure to timely give the escrow holder the aforesaid written objection a waiver of any cause of action, other than a waiver of the right to specific performance of the contract, that the Buyer may have against the Subdivider under the Contract unless the waiver is conditioned upon service of the Subdivider's 20-day notice and demand in a manner prescribed by Section 116.340 of the Code of Civil Procedure for service in a small claims action.
(6) If the Subdivider has had the use of Purchase Money pending consummation of the sale or lease transaction under authorization by the Bureau pursuant to subdivision (c) or (d) of Section 11013.2 of the Code or subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 11013.4 of the Code, Subdivider shall immediately upon alleging the default of Buyer, transmit to the escrow holder, funds equal to all of the Purchase Money paid by Buyer.

Notes

Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 10, § 2791

Note: Authority cited: Section 11001, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 11013.2 and 11013.4, Business and Professions Code.

1. New section filed 12-3-80; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 80, No. 49). For history of former section, see Register 71, No. 50.
2. Amendment filed 1-21-83; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 83, No. 4).
3. Amendment filed 11-13-96; operative 11-13-96 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 96, No. 46).
4. Amendment of subsection (c)(3) filed 7-31-98; operative 8-30-98 (Register 98, No. 31).
5. Amendment of subsections (c)(1) and (c)(5) filed 2-28-2006; operative 3-30-2006 (Register 2006, No. 9).
6. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (c)(6) filed 6-30-2014 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2014, No. 27).

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