The Boyette Springs HOA has received several complaints in recent weeks about an increase in the number of aggressive solicitors in door-to-door visits. Some are criminals casing your home. Others are local businesses who want you to set up appointments for an expert to meet with you at a later date.
Residents are not required nor should they feel compelled to answer the door if the resident believes that the individual is a solicitor. If you feel threatened or in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.
The Boyette Springs HOA has discovered that Florida State Law (updated in 2015) allows soliciting on private property. The State of Florida law can be accessed at the below link, if you are interested in the legal statutes: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0500-0599/0501/0501PARTIContentsIndex.html
Since our community is not gated, and that the roads and sidewalks are owned by the county, we cannot prevent solicitors from approaching your door. We encourage residents to post signage at your home stating something like ‘No Trespass, No Soliciting’. Door decals are available online at many websites or at your local store (ie Home Depot, Lowes, etc)
Every solicitor, by law, must carry & present his permit to you when coming to your door. Here is the Florida State Statute: “Every permit-holder shall carry the permit and certificate required by this section at all times while engaged in home solicitation sales and shall display the same to all prospective buyers before initiating the solicitation of a sale, lease, or rental.”
If a solicitor does not show you their permit, residents feel uncomfortable or if a solicitor refuses to leave, please call the Sheriff Department’s Non-Emergency Phone Number at 813- 247-8200 or 911. Permits can be checked by calling the Circuit Court at 813-276-8100, ext. 4157
BE SAFE BOYETTE SPRINGS!
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