When is a moving company violating the law in Florida?

The Florida Code of 2005 exists precisely as a legal entity that must be complied with by any moving company located in that state. It is a state law that demands certain obligations, responsibilities and correct actions that must be performed before the client.

However, there are many companies that violate the legal regulations, perhaps not all of them, but several of the articles set forth in the Florida Code. But, when are they non-compliant, and what actions do companies take to consider them illegal? As a customer, what should you do when you encounter non-compliance? These and many other questions arise when there is an unnecessary power relationship between the business and its customers. So, in order to avoid fraud or legal inconveniences it is better to do some research and analyze the legislative rules regarding the subject.

So when does the mover violate the law?

It is quite clear to say that a moving company violates the law when it fails to comply with any of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce regulations or the 2005 Florida Code. Generally, a mover does not tend to break all the rules, but rather some of them. There are many reasons for this, from intentional to ignorance of the laws that regulate this type of service.

First of all, the strictest rule postulated by the 2005 Florida Code, addresses the following:

Company registration

This is a mandatory step, in fact, it is considered as the certification that the moving company is legal in the State as such. Described in section 2 of chapter 2002-53, states that each company must annually register with Florida’s institutional bodies, since it is a national marketer working for a certain purpose. Therefore, the department will issue a certificate attesting to its legality in the market.

Every company must present a moving contract

It is totally illegal for a registered company not to attach a contract where several important aspects are detailed, such as the estimate, insurance for the protection of goods, corresponding addresses, names and addresses of the employees who will handle the case, storage permit, among others.

On the other hand, more general violations are:

  • Conducting moving business or advertising without offering your annual registration certificate.
  • Presenting a false registration that supports its legality when it is not.
  • Breaking the time frame or schedule provided and described in the moving services contract.
  • Increasing the budget already described in the contract due to size, extension, qualities or characteristics of the goods.
  • Disrespecting what is described in the contract regarding obligations and responsibilities.

If any of these actions occur, the client can take action and sue the company for non-compliance and disrespect of consumer trust. In addition, if the person has been seriously affected, he/she may be able to collect some kind of compensation depending on the context.