Florida Construction Industry Law Blog


Florida Construction Lien: Final Furnishing – Does It Include Punchlist Or Closeout Work?

This blog is part of a series covering a critical component of a Florida construction lien—recording the claim of lien within 90 days’ of “final furnishing.”  Failing to record a claim of lien within the 90-day final-furnishing deadline renders the … Read Full Post

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How To Calculate Real Estate Valuation Damages In A Construction Defect Action

When determining whether to pursue a construction defect action, few property owners consider the question: “how will my damages be calculated?”. While understandable, failure to properly address this question can prevent owners from recovering the full extent of their damages. … Read Full Post

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Contractor Guide To Effectively Using The Construction Lien Law And Florida Statute 713.05 For Protection And To Allow A Full Recovery

All contractors and subcontractors in the State of Florida should know that a contractor and a subcontractor may each claim a lien for the same work on a particular project.  However, the contractor and the subcontractor cannot both recover for … Read Full Post

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Construction Contracting 101: Florida Requirements For Licensing

This article will discuss when a construction license is required in Florida.  Under Chapter 489, Florida Statutes, there are specific guidelines regarding construction contracting for work you intend to perform.  Being unlicensed and performing construction work that requires licensure can … Read Full Post

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Financially Responsible Officer (FRO): The Responsibilities of Primary Qualifying Agents

Under Chapter 489, Florida Statutes, primary qualifying agents are, typically, considered the main decision maker(s) of the business organization.  As a general rule for construction licensing, increased responsibility leads to increased liability.  Read on to find out what responsibilities primary … Read Full Post

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Where Is The Appropriate Venue To Litigate A 713.24 Transfer Bond?

The appropriate venue for litigating the foreclosure of a construction lien is obvious.  The appropriate venue must be the county in which the property is located.  Clearly, the county in which the property is located must issue the foreclosure judgment … Read Full Post

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Disputes Regarding Interpretation Of The Florida Building Code By Building Officials, The Florida Building Commission And Contractors

Have a dispute regarding an interpretation of the Florida Building Code (the “Code”)?  Building officials in the State of Florida are given a lot of leeway in enforcing and interpreting the Code; however, there are mechanisms to keep them in … Read Full Post

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How Do You Become A Certified Building Contractor In Florida?

The construction industry is booming again in Florida. As a result, many people are seeking to take advantage of this by becoming licensed contractors.  Chapter 489, Florida Statutes and 61G4-12 through 23, Florida Administrative Code sets forth the requirements for … Read Full Post

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Commercial General Liability Insurance In The Construction Industry

What policy exclusions are included in your commercial general liability insurance (“CGL”) policy?  If you do not have coverage, one mistake by an employee or a subcontractor, working on your behalf, can devastate a business.  The insurance industry can be … Read Full Post

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Construction Contracts: Arbitration and Venue Provisions

Many construction contracts for Florida projects contain arbitration provisions that require venue in a state, other than Florida.  The term “venue” refers to the location where litigation will take place, in the event a dispute arises.  Although Florida has a … Read Full Post

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