Monthly Archives: November 2017

FEMA Hold On, They Aren’t Going for the Home

For community associations, when an owner goes into foreclosure, the best-case scenario is that the bank or mortgagee moves the property swiftly through the foreclosure process, and a new owner then takes possession and begins paying the assessments as they … Read Full Post

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Inverse Condemnation – Property Owners’ Damages

In Florida, property owners are entitled to receive full and fair compensation when their property is taken by a governmental entity.  Property takings can involve less than a property owner’s entire property.  When that happens, full compensation for the property … Read Full Post

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What You See is Not Always What it Seems: Due Diligence in the Mergers & Acquisitions Process Part II –Financial Due Diligence

Previously, I wrote a blog highlighting a business purchaser’s need to do due diligence on its prospective target company.  As stated, the due diligence process can be split into three parts:  (1) legal; (2) financial; and (3) operational.  I began … Read Full Post

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Florida Contractor Licensing

Florida contractors’ licenses are separated into two distinct types for regulatory purposes, certified or registered.  Each license type has its distinct benefits and drawbacks which should be discussed and weighed with your clients prior to proceeding with the licensure process. … Read Full Post

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Are E-Mails Considered Official Records for Florida’s Community Associations?

Florida’s community associations, including condominiums and homeowners associations, are required to keep and maintain its official records.  See Fla. Stat. § 718.111(12); Fla. Stat. § 720.303(4).  Upon request, those official records are to be made available to all members at … Read Full Post

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Quick Tips for Association Board Members: The Four B’s of Writing Minutes for Board Meetings

The minutes of any meeting of the Board of Directors for a Condominium Association or a Homeowners’ Association are public records per Florida law.  The minutes are required to be kept for 7 years.  Fla. Stat. 718.111(12); Fla. Stat. 720.303(4).  … Read Full Post

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Four Alternative Methods To Obtain a Construction License In Florida

The Department and CILB have several alternative construction licensing processes that are worth discussing.  While these provisions still utilize the normal application process, they are alternatives to the normal examination/experience or registration requirements of section 489.111, Florida Statutes.  1. Certification of … Read Full Post

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Insurance Requirements for Florida Contractors

As a prerequisite to the initial issuance, or the renewal of an active construction license in Florida the applicant must prove that they have the statutory insurance policies in place.  In order to do so, the applicant shall submit a … Read Full Post

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Paying for Emergency Repairs to Florida Condominiums

Florida is synonymous with condominium living as a way of life. It’s also synonymous with hurricanes. Hurricanes have largely shaped Florida’s construction industry in that the building code is shaped and modeled after the construction of structure that can withstand … Read Full Post

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The Disciplinary Process of a Certified Contractor in Florida: Part Two

In the first part of this series I discussed the disciplinary process leading up to the Probable Cause Panel (“Panel”) proceedings.  This article will discuss how an Administrative Complaint is properly filed to initiate formal discipline on a licensee, and … Read Full Post

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