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Using Florida’s Homestead Exemption to Reduce Your Property Taxes and Protect Your Property From Creditors

June 29, 2021 Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

In the mid-1880s, the U.S. Government was searching for a way to encourage westward expansion.  To achieve its goal, Congress passed the Homestead Act of 1862 which rewarded individuals brave enough to head west by allowing them to claim up to 160 acres of land as their own homestead. Many […]

5 Things Residential and Commercial Real Estate Developers and Brokers Should Know About Clearing Up (Quieting) Title

June 23, 2021 Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Oftentimes, residential and commercial real estate developers or brokers may confront title issues that interfere with the ability to sell or close on a property. If the property owner does not have clear, marketable title, it means that there is a “cloud on title.” Since clouds on title interfere with […]

Unlawful Commercial Evictions: A Cautionary Tale for Commercial Landlords Wanting to Use Self-Help to Retake Possession of Leased Property

June 2, 2021 Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Using “self-help” as a means to evict commercial tenants is no longer acceptable and likely to result in a lawsuit against the commercial landlord.  When a tenant fails to pay rent as it becomes due, breach appears to be undisputed.  After all, paying rent is typically why the tenant is […]

New Florida Law Gives Businesses Liability Protections From COVID-19 Claims

April 12, 2021 Healthcare Industry Legal Blog, Hospitality Industry Legal Blog, Insurance Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on Florida businesses, particularly those in the hospitality, travel and restaurant industries, forcing many of them to close their doors to the public at various times and to suffer financial hardship. As businesses are beginning to re-open, a growing concern has […]

ASTM E1527 Changes: Coming Soon to a Property Assessment Near You

March 24, 2021 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Lenders, Developers, Environmental Professionals and others over the years have come to know the industry standard for conducting and reporting environmental due diligence, “ASTM E1527 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessment: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process”.  E1527 (commonly referred to as a “Phase I”) was designed by ASTM International […]

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 […]

FDEP’s Assumption of the Federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Program: What It Means for Florida’s Regulated Community

March 9, 2021 Community Association Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

On December 22, 2020, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delegated to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) the authority to issue Section 404 federal Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for dredge and fill activities in certain waters within Florida.  The state’s assumption of responsibility over Section 404, […]

Pandemic-Related Rising Materials Costs: How Contractors Can Avoid Losses and Protect Themselves

March 2, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog, Energy & Utilities Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic (or perhaps the resulting monetary policy) has caused materials costs to skyrocket. In the past year, as of early February 2021, steel prices are up about 27%; copper prices are up about 37%; rubber prices are up about 62%; lumber prices are up about 113%; […]

Mitigating Risks Associated with Hotel, Restaurant and Entertainment Industry Economic Challenges: Part 6 – Considerations for the Appointment of a Receiver During Commercial Foreclosures

December 29, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

As discussed in parts 1-4 of this series, lenders have several options prior to instituting a commercial foreclosure action.  Additionally, as briefly discussed in part 5 of this series, during the foreclosure action, lenders have options to try to preserve the value of the underlying collateral and to minimize further […]

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