Florida Construction Industry Law Blog


Your Guide To The Construction Project Payment Process, Including Retainage

Construction projects at their foundation are no different than any other businesses. Cash is king. Therefore, those who control the cash, often control the process. As a result, lenders and owners have major advantages in negotiation with a certified contractor. … Read Full Post

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Guide To Understanding A Construction Contract For Certified Contractors And Sub-contractors In Florida

The construction industry has rebounded following the recession of 2008. Therefore, there is a greater demand for builders and their work than we’ve seen in years. Having a clear, thorough, binding construction contract helps to ensure that both the contractor … Read Full Post

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Federal Miller Act – Staying Claims With Subcontractors Who Have A Payment Bond

Payment claims on federal construction projects often involve bond claims governed by the Miller Act. 40 U.S.C.§ 3131.  General contractors on these construction projects must furnish a payment bond. The bond protects certain persons/entities supplying labor and materials, and carrying … Read Full Post

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Construction Delays: What They Are, Why It Matters & How To Measure Them

Construction delays are incredibly costly for contractors and owners. Therefore, the best approach is planning ahead so you can avoid them, then being prepared to effectively manage them if they occur. In this video presentation recorded by Jimerson & Cobb … Read Full Post

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The Most Common Licensing Violations Committed By Certified Contractors: Part V

To perform construction work in the State of Florida, the general rule is you better have a license.  However, this is not the only requirement. The company performing the work must also be qualified, or they may receive an unqualified … Read Full Post

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How Do You Become A Roofing Contractor In Florida?

The last two years, Florida was severely impacted with Hurricanes Mathew and Irma.  The damage caused by these storms increase the need for roofers to repair storm damage.  While Governor Scott issued an Emergency Order allowing general contractors the ability … Read Full Post

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The Most Common Licensing Violations Committed By Certified Contractors, Part IV: Abandoned Construction Project Violation

Part IV of this series will discuss the ramifications of abandoning a construction project. It will also cover potential disciplinary actions by the Construction Industry Licensing Board (“CILB”) for doing so. It is no secret, everyone in every business deals … Read Full Post

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Accessing Navigable Water: Allocation of Riparian Rights Among Landowners

Owners of waterfront property have “riparian rights” to access the navigable water and the right to a waterfront view in addition to their rights to use their upland property.  Docking rights often are an area of dispute, not only for … Read Full Post

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Florida Construction Liens: Final Furnishing – What Does It Mean?

The Florida Construction Lien Law can be a contractor’s best tool for getting paid in full.  The rub with the Lien Law is knowing how to use it properly.  If not used properly, this tool will fail completely. One common misuse … Read Full Post

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How Do You Become A Certified General Contractor In Florida

The construction industry is booming again in Florida. As a result, many people are seeking to take advantage of this by becoming licensed contractors.  Chapter 489, Florida Statutes and 61G4-12 through 23, Florida Administrative Code sets forth the requirements for … Read Full Post

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