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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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Requirements of Florida Contractors Who Receive Owner Money

In an effort to protect Florida property owners, the legislature has enacted laws to protect the them from unscrupulous contractors. Read Full Post

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Florida’s Economic Loss Rule in Construction Litigation

The importance of the economic loss rule in construction law cannot be overstated. If a construction project goes south, the economic loss rule allows construction law attorneys to identify which parties to the project can bring what types of claims … Read Full Post

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

This series will discuss the five most common violations prosecuted by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) pertaining to certified contractors.  Part I of this series will discuss permitting violations and the steps to take in order to … 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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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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