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32-2195.03. Unsubdivided land reports; denial of issuance; order prohibiting sale or lease; investigations; hearings; summary orders
A. Upon examination of unsubdivided land, the commissioner, unless there are grounds for denial, shall prepare and issue to the owner or agent a public report authorizing the sale or lease of the unsubdivided lands in this state. The report shall contain the data obtained in accordance with section 32-2195 and any other information which the commissioner determines is necessary to implement the purposes of this article. If any of the unsubdivided land is located within territory in the vicinity of a military airport or ancillary military facility as defined in section 28-8461, the report shall include, in bold twelve point font block letters on the first page of the report, the statements required pursuant to section 28-8484, subsection A and, if the department has been provided a map prepared pursuant to section 28-8484, subsection B, the report shall include a copy of the map. These report requirements do not require the amendment or reissuance of any public report issued on or before December 31, 2001 or on or after December 31 of the year in which the unsubdivided land becomes territory in the vicinity of a military airport or ancillary military facility. The commissioner shall require the owner or agent to reproduce the report and furnish each prospective buyer with a copy before the buyer signs an offer to purchase, taking a receipt therefor.
B. Notwithstanding any provision of subsection A of this section, an owner may prepare a final public report for use in the sale of unsubdivided lands as defined in section 32-2101, as follows:
1. The owner shall prepare the public report and provide a copy of the report to the commissioner with the submission of the notification required by sections 32-2195 and 32-2195.10 and shall comply with all other requirements of this article.
2. An initial filing fee of five hundred dollars or an amended filing fee of two hundred fifty dollars shall accompany the notification required by paragraph 1 of this subsection.
3. The department shall assign a registration number to each notification and public report submitted pursuant to this subsection and shall maintain a database of all of these submissions. The owner shall place the number on each public report.
4. The department shall determine within fifteen business days after the receipt of the notification and public report whether the notification and public report are administratively complete. The commissioner may either issue a certification that the notification and public report are administratively complete or may deny issuance of the certification if it appears that the application or project is not in compliance with all legal requirements, that the applicant has a background of violations of state or federal law or that the applicant or project presents an unnecessary risk of harm to the public.
5. An owner may commence sales or leasing activities as permitted under this article after obtaining a certificate of administrative completeness from the commissioner.
6. Before or after the commissioner issues a certificate of administrative completeness, the department may examine any public report, development or applicant that has applied for or received the certificate. If the commissioner determines that the owner or development is not in compliance with any requirement of state law or that grounds exist under this chapter to suspend, deny or revoke a public report, the commissioner may commence an administrative action under section 32-2154 or 32-2157. If the owner immediately corrects the deficiency and comes into full compliance with state law, the commissioner shall vacate any action that he may have commenced pursuant to section 32-2154 or 32-2157.
7. The department shall provide forms and guidelines for the submission of the notification and public report pursuant to this section.
C. The commissioner may deny issuance of a public report on any of the following grounds:
1. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this article or the rules of the commissioner pertaining to this article.
2. The sale or lease would constitute misrepresentation to or deceit or fraud of the purchasers or lessees.
3. Inability to deliver title or other interest contracted for.
4. Inability to demonstrate that adequate financial or other arrangements acceptable to the commissioner have been made for installation of all streets, sewers, electric, gas and water utilities, drainage, flood control and other similar improvements included in the offering.
5. Failure to make a showing that the parcels can be used for the purpose for which they are offered.
6. Failure to provide in the contract or other writing the use or uses, if any, for which the parcels are offered, together with any covenants or conditions relative to the parcel.
7. Failure to demonstrate that adequate financial arrangements have been made for any guaranty or warranty included in the offering.
8. The owner or agent, officer, director or partner or trust beneficiary holding a ten per cent or more beneficial interest, or, if a corporation, any stockholder owning ten per cent or more of the stock in the corporation has:
(a) Been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving fraud or dishonesty or involving conduct of any business or a transaction in real estate, cemetery property, time-share intervals or membership camping campgrounds or contracts.
(b) Been permanently or temporarily enjoined by order, judgment or decree from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice in connection with the sale or purchase of real estate or cemetery property, time-share intervals, membership camping contracts or campgrounds, or securities or involving consumer fraud or the racketeering laws of this state.
(c) Had an administrative order entered against him by a real estate regulatory agency or security regulatory agency.
(d) Had an adverse decision or judgment entered against him involving fraud or dishonesty or involving the conduct of any business in or a transaction in real estate, cemetery property, time-share intervals or membership camping campgrounds or contracts.
(e) Disregarded or violated any of the provisions of this chapter or the rules of the commissioner pertaining to this chapter.
(f) Participated in, operated or held an interest in any entity to which subdivision (b), (c), (d) or (e) applies.
D. No owner or agent may sell or lease or offer for sale or lease unsubdivided lands without first obtaining a public report and a certificate of administrative completeness from the commissioner. Any sale or lease of unsubdivided lands prior to issuance of the public report shall be voidable by the purchaser. An action by the purchaser to void the transaction shall be brought within three years of the date of execution of the purchase agreement by the purchaser. In any voidance action the prevailing party is entitled to reasonable attorney fees as determined by the court.
E. Any applicant objecting to the denial of a public report, within thirty days after receipt of the order of denial, may file a written request for a hearing. The commissioner shall hold the hearing within twenty days after receipt of the request for a hearing unless the party requesting the hearing requests a postponement. If the hearing is not held within twenty days after a request for a hearing is received plus the period of any postponement, or if a proposed decision is not rendered within forty-five days after submission, the order of denial shall be rescinded and a public report issued.
F. On the commissioner's own motion, or when the commissioner has received a complaint and has satisfactory evidence that the owner or agent is violating any provision set forth in this article or the rules of the commissioner or has engaged in any unlawful practice as defined in section 44-1522 with respect to the sale of unsubdivided lands or deviated from the provisions of the public report, the commissioner may investigate the subdivision project and examine the books and records of the owner or agent. For the purpose of examination, the owner or agent shall keep and maintain records of all sales transactions and funds received by the owner or agent pursuant to the sales transactions and shall make them accessible to the commissioner upon reasonable notice and demand.
G. On the commissioner's own motion, or when the commissioner has received a complaint and has satisfactory evidence that grounds exist as provided in subsection C of this section or that any person has engaged in any unlawful practice as defined in section 44-1522 with respect to the sale of unsubdivided lands or deviated from the provisions of the public report, the commissioner may conduct an investigation of the matter, issue a summary order as provided in section 32-2157, or hold a public hearing and, after the hearing, may issue the order or orders the commissioner deems necessary to protect the public interest and ensure compliance with the law, rules or public report. If, after the hearing, the violation of the law, rules or public report continues, the commissioner may bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction against the person to enjoin the person from continuing the violation or engaging in or doing any act or acts in furtherance of the violation.