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Liens and Distress Actions

December 22, 2020 FAQs, Resources Real Estate Development, Sales & Leasing

Q: What is the landlord’s lien for rent ? A: Section 83.08, Florida Statutes, provides that a landlord has a lien for unpaid rent upon the tenant’s personal property. The lien is upon all agricultural products raised on the rented property, upon all other property of the tenant “usually kept […]

Removal Actions, Rights and Remedies

December 22, 2020 FAQs Real Estate Development, Sales & Leasing

Q: Does a tenant have recourse against a landlord that removes the tenant without legal process? A: Possibly. If the landlord takes possession from the tenant without legal process, the tenant may bring an action for unlawful entry and detainer. It is irrelevant to such action that the tenant’s possession […]

Duties of the Parties & Landlord Liability

December 22, 2020 FAQs Real Estate Development, Sales & Leasing

Q: Is a tenant liable for breach of contract for “going dark?” A: Yes, in some circumstances. A tenant will be liable to the landlord for “going dark” if the lease expressly or impliedly includes a covenant of continuous operation. Assuming there is no such express provision in the lease, […]

Leases

December 22, 2020 FAQs Real Estate Development, Sales & Leasing

Q: Under Florida law, is an oral lease enforceable? A: Yes, as a tenancy at will. However, Florida’s Statute of Frauds law provides that a lease for longer than one year must be in writing to be enforceable. Nonetheless, an oral lease that is payable monthly is a month-to-month tenancy […]

Definitions and Statutes

December 22, 2020 FAQs Real Estate Development, Sales & Leasing

Q: What section of the Florida Statutes applies to commercial landlord-tenant relationships? A: Florida landlord tenant law is found in Florida Statutes, Chapter 83, and consists of three parts. Part I discusses nonresidential or commercial tenancies. Part II discusses residential tenancies and Part III discusses self-service storage space. Source: Fla. […]

Bankruptcy and its Effects on Foreclosure Proceedings

December 22, 2020 FAQs Banking and Financial Services

Q: How does the borrower filing bankruptcy change my commercial foreclosure filing? A: The filing of bankruptcy by a mortgagor has become a common response to a foreclosure proceeding. The mortgagor may file a voluntary petition under the Bankruptcy Code and become a debtor under Chapter 7 (liquidation), Chapter 11 […]

Actions, Requirements & Results of Foreclosure

December 22, 2020 FAQs Banking and Financial Services

Q: What are statutory notice requirements in Florida? A: With any assertion of default, compliance with notice provisions can be critical. In addition to default and acceleration notices, critical notices in Florida for commercial lenders are sequestration of rents and profits notices pursuant to Chapter 697, Florida Statutes and FDCPA […]

Lender Considerations & Options

December 22, 2020 FAQs Banking and Financial Services

Q: Why would lenders attempt to workout defaulted mortgage loans? A: Once a mortgagor (borrower) has defaulted, it is often advisable to continue exploring constructive solutions to avoid the expense associated with foreclosure and resale of the collateral. Because workouts involve both parties working together to protect each other’s common […]

Foreclosures

December 22, 2020 FAQs Banking and Financial Services

Q: What is a commercial foreclosure? A. When a secured creditor, usually a lending institution, attempts to recover monies owed based on a promissory note made by a commercial entity by legally recovering right to the collateral. Q: What is a decree of foreclosure and what are foreclosure proceedings under […]

Accelerations & Defaults

December 22, 2020 FAQs Banking and Financial Services

Q: What can cause a default and acceleration in a commercial mortgage? A: Generally, the causes for default activating a lender’s right to foreclose are set forth expressly in the mortgage. Florida courts are liberal as to allowing the parties to freely determine what events may constitute default. Fundamentally, mortgage […]

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