The fi­fight goes on

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In its most re­cent bud­get, the Florida Leg­is­la­ture al­lo­cated up to $500,000 for the fi­fight against un­li­censed real es­tate ac­tiv­ity. The Di­vi­sion of Real Es­tate, De­part­ment of Busi­ness & Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tion (DBPR), will be able to use the money to pre­vent and com­bat un­li­censed real es­tate ac­tiv­ity in Florida and to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about the im­por­tance of us­ing a li­censed real es­tate pro­fes­sional. These funds come solely from a $5 fee that real es­tate li­censees pay when they ob­tain or re­new a real es­tate li­cense.

Un­li­censed real es­tate ac­tiv­ity afffffffffff­fects the liveli­hood of li­censed real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als who work hard to sat­isfy Florida’s li­cens­ing and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments and who pay fees to be­come and re­main li­censed.

Did you know that un­li­censed real es­tate ac­tiv­ity is a crime in Florida? It’s a third-de­gree felony for some­one to act as a real es­tate bro­ker or sales as­so­ci­ate with­out a cur­rent, ac­tive li­cense. Un­for­tu­nately, the vic­tims of un­li­censed prac­ti­tion­ers are of­ten un­able to re­coup the fi­fi­nan­cial losses they have in­curred be­cause of in­com­pe­tence or un­scrupu­lous be­hav­ior.

Un­li­censed ac­tiv­ity can be re­ported by ei­ther call­ing the DBPR’s toll free un­li­censed ac­tiv­ity hot­line at (866)532-1440; send­ing an email; or fi­fil­ing a writ­ten com­plaint.

To learn more, go to myflflori­dal­i­ and click on “Un­li­censed Ac­tiv­ity.”

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