TAR 1904 Release of Earnest Money may be used to facilitate the release of earnest money held by an escrow agent under a contract. Typically the form will be used contemporaneously with or shortly after one party under a contract has notified the other party (in writing) that the contract is terminated.
We had a "SAMPLE" Form available so members of the public could see what the form looked like but unfortunately, we received a "CEASE AND DESIST ALL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT" letter from the Texas Association of REALTORS®. The "SAMPLE" form we had was heavily marked with two copyright logos and a rather large "SAMPLE" watermark across every page, but that was not acceptable to the Association.
According to the terms of the Texas Association of REALTORS’® (TAR) End User License Agreement (EULA), any display of TAR forms on a website must be behind a firewall or similar filtering software (i.e. username and password protection). Displaying TAR forms without this protection is a violation of the EULA. The use of watermarks over the TAR forms in lieu of “a firewall or similar filtering software” does not satisfy the requirements of the EULA.
In part, the EULA states: “… you are authorized to use the Blank Forms in real estate transactions in which you represent a party and/or in your personal real estate business. You are further authorized to make Blank Forms available to your clients, or parties to a real estate transaction in which you represent a party, on your or your real estate company's website, extranet, or similar site that is behind a firewall or similar filtering software, provided however, you ensure any of the Blank Forms are not accessible by members of the public who are not your clients, or who are not a party to a real estate transaction in which you represent a party, through use of a public uniform resource locator ("URL") without additional security features, such as a password” (emphasis added).
The authorization to use TAR forms is restricted to real estate transactions in which you (REALTORS®) represent a party, or in your personal real estate business. Therefore, even if TAR forms have been removed from publicly-accessible areas of a website, TAR forms should not be given to members of the public who are not your (REALTORS®) clients, or who are not a party to a real estate transaction in which you represent a party.
If you have any questions, please let us know.