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Florida 2019 Legislative Update For Local Governments: Permit Fee Transparency

Over the past few years each legislative session in Florida seems to generate new laws that impose various requirements on local governments. Some are labeled “unfunded mandates” and others are described as an assault on “home rule”.  But as bad … Read Full Post

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The Permitting And Pitfalls Of Coastal Armoring In Florida

According to NOAA, Florida has over 8,400 hundred miles of coastline.  That is second only to Alaska.  Since 2000, 79 tropical or subtropical storms have impacted the state of Florida.  Many of us cringe when we hear the names Floyd, … Read Full Post

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Lease Agreements: Beware of the Lease Renewal Language

Many leases contain renewal language, allowing the lessee to renew the lease term after the original lease term expires.  These provisions sometimes contain notice requirements and fulfillment of certain conditions precedent.  In some instances, the leases may automatically renew.  In … Read Full Post

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How Do Construction Liens Impact A Commercial Landlord In Florida?

Pursuant to Florida’s construction lien law, an owner of real property who contracts for improvements to the property is subject to construction liens against the property. However, the lien law is somewhat unique for commercial properties, as the commercial landlord … Read Full Post

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Challenging Quasi-Judicial Decisions Of A Local Government

If you own operate a business, rent to commercial tenants, develop real estate or even just own a parcel containing a single-family home, chances are, you are going to have to seek some sort of regulatory approval from a local … Read Full Post

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Can A Bank Issue A Loan Secured By Its Own Stock?

On occasion a lender is confronted with a complicated question of whether it can lend based on collateral in the form of its own stock. Unfortunately, this is not legally acceptable collateral, as neither a national, nor a local Florida … Read Full Post

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Quiet Enjoyment – What Landlords Need To Understand

Almost everyone, regardless of whether they have ever leased out or rented a commercial space, is generally aware of each party’s duties under a commercial tenant lease agreement. The landlord allows the tenant to use his building, in exchange for … Read Full Post

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7 Reasons Why You Need An Attorney For A Quitclaim Deed Transaction

Quitclaim deeds are often viewed as quick, easy mechanisms for transferring title in real property from one party to another. However, if the parties fail to properly consider all relevant issues, a quitclaim deed transaction may have undesirable consequences. Fortunately, … Read Full Post

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Can Real Estate Seller Disclosure Obligations (Johnson v. Davis) Be Waived In A Purchase And Sale Agreement?

We are often asked by buyers and sellers alike as to what obligations of disclosure a seller has on a residential real estate transaction. Thanks to well established Florida precedent, in Johnson v. Davis, the Florida Supreme Court created an … Read Full Post

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What Does the Sign Say Part II: Practical Solutions for Local Governments

As was discussed in Part I of this blog series, all signs are subject to some form of regulation while also carrying First Amendment protection.  This almost always leads to sign regulations that are confusing, inadequate, dated, and often, unconstitutional. … Read Full Post

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