Saturday, March 26, 2011

Florida Legislature - Major Fail

Appraiser Active has already posted about CS/HB 5007. The bill is making its way through the legislative committee process. The bill, originally with the title, "Reducing and Streamlining Regulations" includes amendments to statutes regulating several professions. Among them are real estate brokers and real estate appraisers. Two sections related to real estate with the potential to weaken consumer protection.

In addition, the legislature appears to be making an attempt to solve a problem related to how the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice is interpreted by some Administrative Law Judges as a result of a Florida Appellate Court ruling. See pages13 and 14 of the Staff Analysis for the explanation.

Below is the language proposed. Other specific references to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice in Chapter 475 Part I and Part II are removed. I'm not sure if the amendments will do what is intended because the section below, from page 19 of the bill, is a major FAIL.


Section 19. Section 475.628, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:


475.628 Professional standards for appraisers registered, licensed, or certified under this part. The board shall adopt rules establishing standards of professional practice that meet or exceed nationally recognized standards of appraisal practice, including those standards adopted by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of the Appraisal Foundation. Each appraiser registered, licensed, or certified under this part must shall comply with the rules Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Statements on appraisal standards which may be issued for the purpose of clarification, interpretation, explanation, or elaboration through the Appraisal Foundation shall also be binding on any appraiser registered, licensed, or certified under this part.
 Please join me, and let your representatives know that the Appraiser Qualifications Board of the Appraisal Foundation does NOT adopt standards of appraisal practice. That would be the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation.
 
I'm anxious to see what the Appraisal Subcommittee has to say about the proposed language.
 
 

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