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Miami Museum Hit With a Lien, Other Suits

Miami Museum Hit a With Lien, Other Suits

Construction liens aren’t exactly a conversation topic at parties, but maybe they should be. Mechanics liens affect celebrities, are placed on high profile properties, and the inventor of modern mechanics liens, Thomas Jefferson, was a huge wino. While tax liens may pop up in the news more often, who really wants to talk about taxes? […]

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Florida Contractors: Revisions Made to Anti-Corruption Laws

Florida Contractors: Revisions Made to Anti-Corruption Laws

With new legislation popping up all the time, it’s important that construction managers stay on top of changes that can affect the way they do business. Just recently we’ve seen changes to Louisiana P3 legislation, loosened drone regulations, and potential changes to Texas lien law. While these laws quite obviously apply to contractors, sometimes the relationship can […]

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Florida Contractors Must Provide Records on Public Projects

Florida Contractors Must Provide Records on Public Projects

When a contractor works on a public project, the rules change a bit. Because contractors are dealing with public entities, certain protections must be afforded. One of these protections is the use of surety bonds to protect the public agency from payment disputes while also affording claimants security to payment. Mechanics liens do not attach to […]

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Florida Contractors Scam Homeowners and Suppliers

Florida Contractors Scam Homeowners and Suppliers

  Over the past few months, we have seen two Florida contractors scam homeowners and suppliers. In Pasco County Florida, Over 70 customers of Ike’s Roofing have complained that despite paying the full balance on their projects, material suppliers have been placing liens on their homes. When you think of construction scams, though, good craftsmanship and […]

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Scope of Florida Homeowners’ Recovery Fund Expanded

Scope of Florida Homeowners' Recovery Fund Expanded

  The Florida Homeowners’ Recovery Fund was created after Hurricane Andrew stuck Florida in 1993. The fund operates as a safety net for consumer recovery for those suffering monetary damage due to misconduct of a licensed contractor, abandonment of a project, or a fraudulent statement of a contractor on a construction, repair, or improvement project. Should […]

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A Tale of Two Policies: CGL Policy Litigation in Florida

A Tale of Two Policies: CGL Policy Litigation in Florida

A contractor’s relationship with its insurance company can be precarious, and when it comes time to file a claim, you don’t want any surprises. Incomplete coverage can be costly, a lesson recently learned by general contractor Elite Homes. In a case decided just three months prior, Pavarini Construction Company faced a similar situation with a dramatically different outcome. […]

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No Lien-iency for Florida Lien Deadlines

No Lien-iency for Florida Lien Deadlines

No matter where you are, it is imperative to be aware of deadlines regarding your lien and bond claims. In Florida, it has become apparent that courts will not show leniency toward lienors when it comes to procedural matters. In Jack Stilson & Co. v. Caloosa Bayview Corp. the Supreme Court of Florida made its stance particularly clear by […]

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The Notice of Commencement Handbook

The Notice of Commencementt

What Is A Notice of Commencement? Notice of Commencement is a legal document available to construction participants in the following states: Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. The rules applicable to notice of commencement vary widely among these states. Sometimes this document is required, sometimes it is optional. In some cases, […]

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Securing Lien Rights in Florida: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in Florida: A Fact Sheet

The protection of a mechanics lien is broadly available in Florida, but securing lien rights in Florida can be tougher than in other states. Florida has strict Notice to Owner requirements that apply to most lien claimants who provide work on private projects. Failure to send a required Florida notice to owner (preliminary notice) within […]

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Miller Act Claims Are Not Easily Tossed Aside

Miller Act Claims Are Not Easily Tossed Aside

The Miller Act provides protection for contractors and suppliers on a federal construction project. The Act requires that the prime contractor on a federal project post a bond. This bond covers both first and second tier contractors and suppliers. Generally, if you are a third tier contractor or supplier, you have no rights under the […]

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