Brokers: What’s Your Address and Phone Number?
Brokers, this is no joke. In eighteen days, the State of Florida will by law require that brokers disclose their actual address and phone number in advertisements that promote their services as a broker. This is because Florida’s commercial financing disclosure law added its own twist by incorporating one of DailyFunder’s original rules to its statute.
Furthermore a broker may NOT:
(1) Assess, collect, or solicit an advance fee from a business to provide services as a broker. However, this subsection does not preclude a broker from soliciting a business to pay for, or preclude a business from paying for, actual services necessary to apply for a commercial financing transaction, including, but not limited to, a credit check or an appraisal of security, if such payment is made by check or money order payable to a party independent of the broker.
(2) Make or use any false or misleading representation or omit any material fact in the offer or sale of the services of a broker or engage, directly or indirectly, in any act that operates or would operate as fraud or deception upon any person in connection with the offer or sale of the services of a broker, notwithstanding the absence of reliance by the business.
(3) Make or use any false or deceptive representation in its business dealings.
What’s the risk of non-compliance?
The Florida Attorney General has the right to commence administrative or judicial proceedings to enforce compliance with this part.
1. A violation of this part is punishable by a fine of $500 per incident, not to exceed $20,000 for all aggregated violations, arising from the use of the transaction documentation or materials found to be in violation of this part.
2. A violation of this part after receipt of a written notice of a prior violation from the Attorney General is punishable by a fine of $1,000 per incident, not to exceed $50,000 for all aggregated violations, arising from the use of the transaction documentation or materials found to be in violation of this part.
These rules were signed into law in June of this year and they apply to all deals funded starting January 1, 2024.December 14, 2023