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What To Expect From Dbpr Investigator Doing An Office Inspection?

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spittz239

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I've recently been informed that my office will be inspected by a state investigator in the state of Florida. Has anyone gone through this? What are they looking for? I was informed that She/he will pull Four files at random to look through. Will they be going on my computer or just looking at the hard copies? Any information would be helpful. Thank you?
 

gregb

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I've recently been informed that my office will be inspected by a state investigator in the state of Florida. Has anyone gone through this? What are they looking for? I was informed that She/he will pull Four files at random to look through. Will they be going on my computer or just looking at the hard copies? Any information would be helpful. Thank you?

Do they have a search warrant? Has a complaint been filed with the state board?
 
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hastalavista

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Interesting.

The California regulator, a while back, had floated the idea of doing "random audits" like you describe. Presented (and, presumably, intended) as a courtesy audit and not a dragnet/sting operation. There was an uproar and the plan never went into practice.

I'm assuming that your licensing board/state regulator has the authority to do an audit-on-demand at your place of business. Good luck!!!
 

AMF13

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I'd like to get some sleep before I travel, but if you got a warrant I guess you're gonna come in. :shrug:
Otherwise go to H E double hockey sticks. :fencing:
 

gregb

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This represents an interesting situation where the state board is asking the appraiser to allow it to violate the appraiser's confidentiality provision of USPAP, in a fishing expedition presumably lacking any probable cause or justified state board concerns about a particular appraisal. If the appraiser allows the search, look forward to a state board sanction over breach of confidentiality. :)
 

timd354

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This represents an interesting situation where the state board is asking the appraiser to allow it to violate the appraiser's confidentiality provision of USPAP
Bzzz, wrong.

The confidentiality rule in USPAP specifically allows the appraiser to disclose assignment results to "state appraiser regulatory agencies" in addition to the client

Now, the wholesale fishing for violations by regulators is a whole other matter and should not be allowed in my view. However, in some states in order to obtain a license or certification, the appraiser must give consent to such office inspections by state regulators.
 

JTip

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Call your E&O tomorrow, specifically the 24 hour hotline.
 

spittz239

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In January I received a complaint in reference to an appraisal, so obviously I presented the entire file and my disput of the complaint. On monday of this week I was informed that they are ready to conduct there interview, and along with there interview at "my office" they will be completing a "office inspection". At that time I was informed to have the past six months files available for them to select 4 at random for review.
 

AMF13

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In January I received a complaint in reference to an appraisal, so obviously I presented the entire file and my disput of the complaint. On monday of this week I was informed that they are ready to conduct there interview, and along with there interview at "my office" they will be completing a "office inspection". At that time I was informed to have the past six months files available for them to select 4 at random for review.

Time to call your E&O provider if you have not already. Sounds like a PITA.
 

Red Flint

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Contact an attorney to work on your behalf, someone versed in Florida municipal law. E & O attorneys can be good support, depending on the outfit, but they are there for their interest first.
 
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