Letter to CFO Patronis and Insurance Commissioner Calling for Data Call Delay

03/25/2020 10:44 AM | Scott Merritt (Administrator)

In a time of uncertainty it is important for the industry to focus on their families, employees and businesses. On Monday, March 23rd, FLTA submitted a letter to Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier requesting for this years Title Data Call be delayed to September 30, 2020.


Each year the Data Call is due on May 31st for the prior year's data. Due to the improvements made and necessary approval process at the State's office, this year's application was not available until late February when normally available in early January. Now, amid the pandemic of COVID-19, we ask for consideration in delaying this year's submission deadline.


We continue to thank our state and local leaders for their leadership and guidance during this unprecedented time.

March 23, 2020

Dear CFO Patronis:

We would like to thank you for your leadership and diligent attention to the issues affecting Florida during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As the pandemic continues, the economic ramifications are becoming clear and it is more important than ever for citizens to focus on their families and businesses.

Each year, Florida licensed Title Agencies and Title Insurance Underwriters under Florida Administrative Rule 69O-186.013 and 69O-186.014 are required to submit Data Call reports by May 31st. With the recent approved improvements to the Agents Data Call, the submission form was delayed for public use until late-February when normally available at the first of January. This has caused its own delay and rush to meet the required deadline.

With the recent State of Emergency and Executive Orders issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the local stay-in-place orders called by local municipalities and the need for small business owners to focus on their families, employees and businesses, we respectfully request consideration to delay the due date from May 31st to September 30, 2020, for the 2019 submission of the Florida Title Data Call for both Title Agents and Title Insurance Underwriters. To issue an initial delay of 30-days knowing there is a strong probability for additional time delays to be added will only add to the stress of the industry.

In these difficult times, we know the economic ramifications of this pandemic will be substantial but believe this step will help to support the individuals and entities involved in the process as a whole.

We thank you in advance for your consideration and attention to this matter and will be available for any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Nancy Baumann                                   Scott Merritt

FLTA President                                    Executive Director

cc: David Altmaier, Insurance Commissioner



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