(225 ILCS 459/160)
Business practice provisions; standards of practice.
(a) The Department may adopt by rule the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice as published from time to time by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation. Appraisal management companies shall not interfere with adherence to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice or the Real Estate Appraiser Act of 2002 or a subsequent Act by individuals licensed under the respective Acts.
(b) All payment policies from registrants under this Act to appraisers shall be written and definitive in nature.
(c) In the event of a value dispute or a requested reconsideration of value, the appraisal management company shall deliver all information that supports an increase or decrease in value to the appraiser. This information may include, but is not limited to, additional comparable sales.
(d) Each entity registered under this Act shall designate a controlling person who is responsible to assure that the company operates in compliance with this Act. The company shall file a form provided by the Department indicating the company's designation of the controlling person and such individual's acceptance of the responsibility. A registrant shall notify the Department of any change in its controlling person within 30 days. Any registrant who does not comply with this subsection (d) shall have its registration suspended under the provisions set forth in this Act until the registrant complies with this Section. Any individual registrant who operates as a sole proprietorship shall be considered a designated controlling person for the purposes of this Act.
Appraisal management companies or employees of an appraisal management company involved in a real estate transaction who have a reasonable basis to believe that an appraiser involved in the preparation of an appraisal for the real estate transaction has failed to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, has violated this Act or its rules, or has otherwise engaged in unethical conduct shall report the matter to the Department. Any registrant, employee, or individual acting on behalf of a registrant, acting in good faith, and not in a willful and wanton manner, in complying with this Act by reporting the conduct to the Department shall not, as a result of such actions, be subject to criminal prosecution or civil damages.
(f) Appraisal management companies are required to be in compliance with the appraisal independence standards established under Section 129E of the federal Truth in Lending Act, including the requirement that fee appraisers be compensated at a customary and reasonable rate when the appraisal management company is providing services for a consumer credit transaction secured by the principal dwelling of a consumer. To the extent permitted by federal law or regulation, the
Department shall formulate rules pertaining to customary and reasonable rates of
compensation for fee appraisers. The appraisal management company must certify
to the Department that it has policies and procedures in place to be in compliance
under the Final Interim Rule of the federal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
(g) No appraisal management company procuring or facilitating an appraisal may have a direct or indirect interest, financial or otherwise, in the real estate or the transaction that is the subject of the appraisal, as defined by the federal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, any amendments thereto, or successor acts or other applicable provisions of federal law or regulations.
(Source: P.A. 97-602, eff. 8-26-11.)