What are the penalties for unlicensed brokerage activity?
Practicing real estate without an active license is a criminal offense, specifically, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by confinement of up to one year in a county jail and a fine of up to $4,000. [TRELA §1101.756] TREC can also pursue administrative penalties not to exceed $5,000 for each violation. Each day a violation continues can be considered a separate violation for imposition of the administrative penalties. [TRELA §1101.702] The Commission may also issue a “cease and desist” order. [TRELA §1101.759] Finally, as a State Agency represented in civil court proceedings, TREC can obtain injunctive relief, including court costs and attorneys fees incurred in obtaining such relief. [TRELA §1101.751]