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Enforcement Unit

Complaints against licensed appraisers or Appraisal Management Companies will not be accepted unless the appropriate complaint form (see below) is completed, signed and dated in compliance with California Code of Regulations Title 10, Chapter 6.5, Section 3726.

There are four types of investigations commonly conducted by BREA, which are described in the following table:

Enforcement Investigations


Type of Investigation Sources Typical Allegations
  • Clients
  • Homeowners
  • Lenders
  • Other regulators (local, state and federal)
  • Appraisers
  • Violations of USPAP and/or BREA regulations
  • Technical errors
  • Inaccurate value conclusion
  • Fraud
  • Failure to provide services as contracted
  • Inappropriate conduct related to an appraisal assignment
Background Investigations
  • Law enforcement
  • Other regulatory agencies (local, state and federal)
  • Criminal convictions
  • Discipline imposed by other agencies
  • Other conduct relating to fitness for licensure
Questionable Applications
  • BREA's Licensing Unit
  • USPAP violations in work samples
  • Failure to properly acknowledge professional assistance of others
  • Falsified information on an application


BREA imposes disciplinary sanctions, when appropriate, which may include:

  • Public or private reproval;
  • Additional education requirements;
  • Fine;
  • Probation;
  • Suspension;
  • Revocation;
  • Special conditions on a license.