Florida Construction Industry Law Blog


Work A General Contractor Can Self-Perform In Florida

The Florida Legislature deems it necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, and welfare to regulate the construction industry in Florida.  As a result, the Florida Legislature enacted Chapter 489, Florida Statutes.  Florida Construction Licensing is further broken … Read Full Post

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Public Construction Projects in Florida: Bond Claims and Bond Requirements

Any person or business performing construction work on a state, county or city project in Florida (“public project”) is typically concerned about payment for its work.  Since those persons or businesses do not have construction lien rights on the public … Read Full Post

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Heads Up Contractors—“Living Wage” Ordinances Recently Enacted by some Florida Municipalities

A few Florida municipalities recently enacted so-called “Living Wage” ordinances.  For instance, such ordinances have been adopted by Broward and Alachua counties, and the cities of Miami, West Palm Beach, and St. Petersburg.  In sum, these ordinances require certain contractors … Read Full Post

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Comfortably numb: What to consider when considering joining as an additional insured in a construction project

Construction worksites are frequently dangerous, and nobody wants to be on the hook for a subcontractor’s unsafe practices. It is increasingly common for construction contracts to require subcontractors to name general contractors as additional insureds in their insurance policies. Read Full Post

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Florida Contractor’s Duty to Maintain Business Records

Many Florida contractors and license holders have a general understanding of the requirements of Chapter 489, however there are some requirements that seem to be neglected.  All too often, a contractor will “lose” or “destroy” project records prematurely.  This can … Read Full Post

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An article every land owner should read to avoid getting sideways with their contractor

The last place land owners who have hired contractors want to end up is in court. Fortunately, most construction projects do not result in litigation. However, for the ones that do, it can be a costly and stressful ordeal. What follows are ten points that all Florida land owners should keep in mind to avoid getting sideways with their contractor. Read Full Post

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Florida Lien Law: Removing a Construction Lien From Your Property

When contractors and other persons are not paid for their work on a private construction project in Florida, they may resort to recording a construction claim of lien on that property.  That construction lien will serve as an encumbrance on … Read Full Post

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The Most Common Licensing Violations Committed by Certified Contractors: Part III

Part III of this series will discuss being disciplined by a local municipality and how this can affect a certified contractor’s license.  It is common knowledge within the construction industry that local building departments require certified contractors to obtain an … Read Full Post

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Material Supplier Construction Lien Rights: Lien Releases

There are a few things a supplier can do to ensure they get paid on a construction project. One of the most important steps a supplier should take is preserve its lien rights under Florida’s Construction Lien Law, Section 713.001-.37, Florida Statutes. A critical component of that process is the “lien release.” Read Full Post

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Implied Warranty of Building in Accordance with Permitted Plans and Specifications

In Florida, contractors have an implied duty to build in accordance with the plans and specifications filed with the local building authority—the permit set. If a contractor deviates from the permit set of plan and specs, the contractor may be liable to any party damaged by the deviation. Read Full Post

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