Florida Construction Industry Law Blog



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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Prescribed Burning of Land in Florida

Prescribed burning can present complex legal issues touching on property rights, safety concerns, public health, negligence and regulatory hurdles. Read Full Post

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Taking Out The Trash: Criminal and Civil Liability Under Florida’s Litter Law

The accumulation, collection and disposal of trash is a multi-million dollar industry in Florida. As you can image, there are some of those who refuse to pay the cost associated with properly disposing of trash and instead dump the material illegally. This can present significant problems for municipalities and private landowners in Florida. Read Full Post

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

Part II of this series will discuss civil judgments and how they can affect a certified contractor’s license.  The governing authority the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) cites to when prosecuting civil judgment violations is section 489.129(1)(q), Florida … Read Full Post

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