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If you have furnished labor, services or materials on a construction project in Florida and have outstanding payments due, then filing a mechanics lien is the instrument you will want to utilize to ensure payment from the property owner. Florida grants lien rights to most project contributors including contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and laborers. However, be […]

In many of the construction defect lawsuits we litigate, one of the main defenses asserted by construction companies is that the association failed to maintain their building, and it is the lack of maintenance that caused the defects – not the work performed by the contractors. It is the responsibility of the association to maintain […]

When hiring a construction company to complete work, most people have expectations regarding the quality of work they’d like to receive. However, when the completed work is below expectations, and if a deal cannot be worked out with the company, a construction defect lawsuit may come into play. Chapter 558, Florida Statutes contains important requirements […]

Some associations are unaware that they could be entitled to an exemption for the sales tax related to a major expense – utilities for common areas serving exclusively residential properties, including condominiums and homes in a homeowners’ association.  However, nonresidential uses are not exempt. Section 212.08(7)(j), Fla. Stat. provides an exemption for the sale of […]

What is a “qualifying agent” and why does it matter? If you are thinking about starting a construction contracting company, or are the present owner of such a company, you will need a “qualifying agent” in order to operate your business. Unless a contractor falls under one of the exemptions under Florida Statute Section 489.103(1), […]

It is not uncommon that a business and commercial property owners are unaware that they do not have any or enough insurance coverage for losses that they thought were insured under their insurance policies, until the claim is denied by the insurance carrier or, after incurring attorneys’ fees and costs in a coverage lawsuit, a […]