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RECENT AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 558: PRE-SUIT NOTICE FOR CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS NO LONGER TOLLS THE STATUTE OF REPOSE

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Florida Statutes Chapter 558, also known as the Florida Construction Defect Statute, imposes a requirement that property owners must provide a "notice of claim" to developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and/or design professionals, which identifies construction defects before any lawsui

I.R.C. § 1031 TAX DEFERRED REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

By: Daniel G. Drake Posted on: Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Sellers of commercial-use real property should always consider doing an Internal Revenue Code section 1031 tax-deferred exchange in connection with the sale of their property (unless the seller is “cashing out”). In a 1031 exchange, certain protocols are utilized to allow the sellers of commerc

Fair Housing: Are You Up to Date on Criminal Background Checks?

By: Daniel G. Drake Posted on: Friday, April 17th, 2020

Since the real estate market crash in late 2008, many people have become landlords who would have otherwise not done so. Beside the normal and expected tasks (collecting rents, doing maintenance, responding to “emergency” complaints, etc.), one of the most important duties that landlords must be

What Businesses Need to Know About Employee Leave and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

By: Alissa A. Kranz Posted on: Monday, April 13th, 2020

In an effort to help families and individuals struggling with the impact of COVID-19, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA"), which went into effect on April 1, 2020, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.  The FFCRA allows for paid sick leave through

A Quick(ish) Breakdown of Florida’s Stay-At-Home Order For Businesses:

By: Alissa A. Kranz Posted on: Saturday, April 4th, 2020

On April 1, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-91, which is a statewide stay-at-home order for Florida that took effect at midnight on April 3, 2020.  This Order requires persons in Florida to stay at home, unless providing or obtaining “essential services” or conducting

COVID-19’s Impact on Evictions and Foreclosures

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Thursday, March 26th, 2020

On March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump ordered a moratorium on the foreclosures of mortgages that are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  That moratorium arose from the President’s proclamation that the COVID-19 outbreak constitutes a national emergency.  The moratorium is e

Notarized from the Comfort of Your Home: COVID-19 Does Not Stop Florida’s Online Notaries Public

By: Alissa A. Kranz Posted on: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

With bank lobbies closed and large numbers of people working from home to slow the spread of COVID-19, many are without reliable notaries public or do not want to risk potential exposure to the virus through physical interactions. This has many scrambling to comply with critical deadlines or otherwi

Businesses Beware: A Stack of Mail Can Be a Stack of Liability

By: Michael F. Singer Posted on: Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” It appears that “pandemic” should be added to this famous, unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. COVID-19 has reportedly caused “only minor opera