Florida Construction Industry Law Blog



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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Liability Of Secondary Qualifying Agents Pertaining To Civil Judgments

If you are a secondary qualifying agent for a company, there is potential for being financially responsible for the company you qualify. This stems from how the law shifts liability after a primary qualifying agent terminates their business relationship. Therefore, … Read Full Post

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Work A General Contractor Can Self-Perform In Florida

The Florida Legislature deems it necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, and welfare to regulate the construction industry in Florida.  As a result, the Florida Legislature enacted Chapter 489, Florida Statutes.  Florida Construction Licensing is further broken … Read Full Post

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Public Construction Projects in Florida: Bond Claims and Bond Requirements

Any person or business performing construction work on a state, county or city project in Florida (“public project”) is typically concerned about payment for its work.  Since those persons or businesses do not have construction lien rights on the public … Read Full Post

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Heads Up Contractors—“Living Wage” Ordinances Recently Enacted by some Florida Municipalities

A few Florida municipalities recently enacted so-called “Living Wage” ordinances.  For instance, such ordinances have been adopted by Broward and Alachua counties, and the cities of Miami, West Palm Beach, and St. Petersburg.  In sum, these ordinances require certain contractors … Read Full Post

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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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