PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
IDAHO REAL ESTATE LICENSE LAW
54-2045. Trust account deposits and receipt of consideration. Except as otherwise provided in this section, all entrusted funds received by a broker in connection with a regulated real estate transaction, including, but not limited to, earnest money, shall be deposited into a real estate trust account maintained by the broker at an approved depository. In addition, all earnest money, option money, promissory notes, tangible personal property and any other consideration received by a broker, regardless of form, must be accounted for upon receipt and in the following manner:
(1) Time of deposit. All moneys received by a broker for another in a real estate transaction are to be deposited on or before the banking day immediately following the receipt day of such funds, unless written instructions signed by the party or parties having an interest in the funds direct the broker to do otherwise.
(2) Checks held in uncashed form. A ledger record must also be created when the broker or associate receives a check to be held for later deposit. However, such a check must be accompanied by written instructions in the purchase and sale agreement or offer to withhold deposit until a time certain, such as acceptance of the offer by the seller.
(3) Consideration returned before deposit. A ledger record must also be created even if the consideration received by a broker or salesperson is to be returned before it has been deposited or otherwise transferred. A written and dated notation must be placed on both the purchase and sale agreement, offer or other document dealing with the consideration, and on the ledger record. No consideration is to be returned without the knowledge and consent of the broker.
(4) Consideration received by sales associate. All consideration, including cash, checks held in uncashed form and promissory notes, received by a sales associate in connection with a real estate transaction shall be immediately delivered to the broker or the broker’s office.
[54-2045, added 2000, ch. 285, sec. 3, p. 936; am. 2007, ch. 98, sec. 10, p. 299.]