1. No real estate broker or salesperson, in any place in which this article is applicable, shall demand or receive a referral fee or compensation of any kind for (i) a referral from any person or other entity relative to finding a seller after a bona fide listing agreement has been signed, (ii) a referral from any person or other entity relative to finding a buyer after a bona fide offer to purchase is accepted, or (iii) a referral from any person or other entity relative to finding a property after a bona fide buyer’s agency agreement has been signed, unless reasonable cause for payment of such compensation exists.

Terms Used In N.Y. Real Property Law 442-L

  • real estate broker: means any person, firm, limited liability company or corporation, who, for another and for a fee, commission or other valuable consideration, lists for sale, sells, at auction or otherwise, exchanges, buys or rents, or offers or attempts to negotiate a sale, at auction or otherwise, exchange, purchase or rental of an estate or interest in real estate, or collects or offers or attempts to collect rent for the use of real estate, or negotiates or offers or attempts to negotiate, a loan secured or to be secured by a mortgage, other than a residential mortgage loan, as defined in section five hundred ninety of the banking law, or other incumbrance upon or transfer of real estate, or is engaged in the business of a tenant relocator, or who, notwithstanding any other provision of law, performs any of the above stated functions with respect to the resale of condominium property originally sold pursuant to the provisions of the general business law governing real estate syndication offerings. See N.Y. Real Property Law 440

2. A violation of this section shall be a violation of this article and shall constitute a deceptive act or practice within the meaning of section three hundred forty-nine of the general business law.