Florida DBPR Unlicensed Activicty Campaign Via Email

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Just received this from DBPR. 

The Unlicensed Activity Program within DBPR exists to serve the state of Florida by vigorously examining compliance issues, comprehensively educating consumers about unlicensed activity and thoroughly investigating complaints against unlicensed real estate professionals.

DBPR relies on complaints from both consumers and licensees to help identify suspected unlicensed individuals. To help educate the public about the dangers of unlicensed activity, be proactive and encourage your clients to verify your real estate license. Additionally, if their new home or commercial property will require renovations, educate them about the types of construction services which require a state-issued professional license. DBPR licenses and regulates construction trades which impact the structure of a building and affect public safety, including roofing, HVAC, electrical and plumbing work.

During this fiscal year, which began July 1, 2014, DBPR has received 462 complaints against unlicensed real estate professionals and appraisers, resulting in 132 investigations and 35 Notices to Cease and Desist against unlicensed individuals in the real estate industry.

DBPR also has a coordinated media campaign with proactive public relations efforts including press releases, news coverage, social media and organization with industry associations to combat unlicensed activity statewide.

Per Florida Statute, DBPR collects $5 from licensees during the initial licensure and renewal periods to aid in the combat of unlicensed activity.

Floridians are asked to report any suspected unlicensed activity by email to [email protected] or by calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1 (866) 532-1440. Unlicensed activity may be reported anonymously through the hotline, however, please keep in mind that email is subject to public record.

Can't help myself. I had to see some data on this. 

FL data file reference below. Of the 38,082 records, there are 910 matches to "Unlicensed Activity" for "Real Estate Broker or Sales" and 284 for "Real Estate Corporation". Now of those 1194 cases, here are the case dispositions (first is 'empty'):

8
3 "Case Closed - Other"
5 "Closing Order"
2 "Complaint Withdrawn"
1 "Dismissal"
725 "Dismissed"
7 "Duplicate Complaint"
18 "Final Order"
27 "Insufficient Evidence"
4 "Insufficient Evidence to Prosecute"
309 "Legally Insufficient"
3 "Letter of Guidance Issued"
3 "No jurisdiction"
5 "Nolle Pros"
7 "Notice to Cease & Desist Issued"
15 "No violation found"
23 "Referred To Another Agency"
3 "Subject of complaint deceased/non-exist"
25 "Unlicensed Activity Stopped"
1 "Violation found - corrected"

18 are "Final Order". Only 7 Cease and Desist letters and 3 "Letter of Guidance", whatever that is. Of the 18 "Final Order" results, 13 resulted in fines & costs... and the 1 license revoked ?? I thought this was an 'unlicensed' activity list! Maybe a GC doing illegal brokering?

"Fine,03/07/2014+Cost,03/07/2014"
"Fine,05/15/2012+Cost,05/15/2012"
"Fine,05/07/2014+Cost,05/07/2014"
"Fine,03/07/2014+Cost,03/07/2014"
"Fine,01/15/2014+Cost,01/15/2014"
"Revoke License,04/12/2012"
"Fine,01/16/2014+Cost,01/16/2014"
"Cost,03/10/2014+Fine,03/10/2014"
"Cost,01/16/2014+Fine,01/16/2014"
"Fine,01/16/2014+Cost,01/16/2014"
"Cost,01/16/2014+Fine,01/16/2014"
"Fine,01/15/2014+Cost,01/15/2014"
"Fine,01/16/2014+Cost,01/16/2014"
"Cost,01/16/2014+Fine,01/16/2014"

File: latest period from http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/sto/file_download/public-records-unlicensed.html


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