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Author: James O. Birr, III, Esq.

Five Key Commercial Lease Provisions for Commercial Tenants

March 11, 2021 Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

A business owner may enter into a commercial lease for purposes of renting space to operate its business activities. Unlike residential leases, a commercial lease should not be a one-size-fits-all lease. Under Florida law, non-residential tenancies (commercial tenancies) are governed by Sections 83.001-82.251 of the Florida Statutes. Business owners, or […]

New Licensing Requirements That Construction Contractors Need to Know About (The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act)

January 7, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog

On July 1, 2020, the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act (the “Act”) became law, which eliminated some barriers for construction contractors to become licensed in Florida. Particularly, the Act: (1) clarified that a passing result on a licensing examination does not expire; (2) eliminated the requirement for some applicants to […]

Contractors and Suppliers: What to Do if You Receive a Notice of Termination

December 29, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

When property owners make improvements over $2,500 to their property, they must record a Notice of Commencement in the public records where the project is located. A Notice of Commencement signals the beginning of a construction project, and provides protection to the owner, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. If a contractor, […]

Does a Tolling Agreement Extend the Miller Act’s (or Little Miller Act’s) One-Year Period to File a Lawsuit on a Payment Bond?

November 12, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Pursuant to the Miller Act and Florida’s Little Miller Act, when certain subcontractors and material suppliers have not been paid on public construction projects, they must file their lawsuit on the payment bond within one-year after the last day labor was performed or materials were supplied to the project. § […]

Overview of Construction Teaming Agreements in Florida

October 7, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Teaming agreements in the construction world, also referred to as teaming arrangements, are agreements between two or more independent companies to combine their resources, abilities, and knowledge, for the purpose of obtaining and, if successful, performing a competitive bid construction contract. If done properly, teaming agreements can assist these companies […]

Perfecting Rights Under the Miller Act for Federal Construction Projects

July 10, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Contractors cannot file mechanic’s liens on public construction projects, such as work on military bases, courthouses, or government owned buildings. Instead, the Federal Miller Act, 40 U.S.C. § 3131-3134, fills in this gap by protecting certain levels of subcontractors and material suppliers from general contractors who fail to pay them […]

Florida Non-Compete Agreements and Protecting Referral Sources and Patient Lists

June 17, 2020 Florida Business Litigation Blog, Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

Many businesses require their employees to sign non-compete agreements, as a condition of their employment.  In Florida, those non-compete agreements and their enforceability are governed by Section 542.335 of the Florida Statutes.   As discussed more fully below, referral sources and patient and customer lists can be legitimate business interests warranting […]

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