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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 494
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F.S. 494.00165
494.00165 Prohibited advertising; record requirements.
(1) It is a violation of this chapter for any person to:
(a) Advertise that an applicant shall have unqualified access to credit without disclosing the material limitations on the availability of such credit. Material limitations include, but are not limited to, the percentage of down payment required, that a higher rate or points could be required, or that restrictions on the maximum principal amount of the loan offered could apply.
(b) Advertise a mortgage loan at an expressed interest rate unless the advertisement specifically states that the expressed rate could change or not be available at commitment or closing.
(c) Advertise mortgage loans, including rates, margins, discounts, points, fees, commissions, or other material information, including material limitations on such loans, unless the person is able to make such mortgage loans available to a reasonable number of qualified applicants.
(d) Falsely advertise or misuse names indicating a federal agency pursuant to 18 U.S.C. s. 709.
(e) Engage in unfair, deceptive, or misleading advertising regarding mortgage loans, brokering services, or lending services.
(2) Each person required to be licensed under this chapter must maintain a record of samples of each of its advertisements, including commercial scripts of each radio or television broadcast, for examination by the office for 2 years after the date of publication or broadcast.
History.s. 6, ch. 99-213; s. 520, ch. 2003-261; s. 7, ch. 2009-241.