Florida Construction Industry Law Blog


Roofing 101: Common Legal Issues and Concerns

Under Florida law, a roofer must have a license to perform work in Florida. Roofers (or “roofing contractors”) are classified as Division II Contractors under section 489.105(3), Florida Statutes. Roofing contractors must hold one of two distinct types of licenses. … Read Full Post

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The Public Procurement And Bidding Process In Florida

For many companies, the award of a single public contract can help cement long-lasting relationships that may result in years of continuing business.  Therefore, it is important for companies of all sizes to know and understand the requirements and bidding … Read Full Post

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Changes are Coming – What You Need To Know To Meet Florida’s New Private Project Payment Bond Claim Requirements

All Florida construction industry participants need to be aware of the significant new changes to the payment bond claim requirements on private projects under section 713.23, Florida Statutes, made by the 2019 Florida Legislature in House Bill 1247.[1]  These changes … Read Full Post

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Florida Adopts Daubert as Standard for Admission of Expert Testimony

In 1923, the United States introduced the Frye standard to determine the admissibility of scientific evidence in a court of law.  In Frye v. United States, the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that for the … Read Full Post

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Assignment Of Benefits: New Law Effective July 1, 2019

A sweeping insurance reform bill was signed into law by the Governor on May 23, 2019.  The law creates two entirely new sections in Chapter 627 of the Florida Statutes, which governs Insurance Contracts.  The bill creates Section 627.7152, Florida … Read Full Post

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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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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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