It depends. A license is required for anyone who controls the acceptance or deposit of rent from a resident of a single-family property if the person has the authority to do any of the following:
-Use the rent to pay for services related to management of the property
-Determine where to deposit the rent
-Sign checks or withdraw money from a trust account.
In addition, only a licensed broker or sales agent may perform leasing activities, such as finding tenants, showing properties for lease, and negotiating leases. However, there are certain activities that do not require a license, including bookkeeping or arranging for repairs. Also, on-site managers of apartment complexes do not need to be licensed.