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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

Jeff Lieser Consults with Channel 8 on Tampa’s Tempo High-Rise Construction Defects

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Monday, November 28th, 2016

Only 90% complete, Tampa Housing Authority's newest residential high-rise, the Tempo, is already plagued with problems. This leaky building is flawed by construction defects that may cost taxpayers more than their original $26 million dollar investment. Chanel 8 On Your Side reached out to Lieser Sk

Tampa Construction Defect Lawyers Protecting Florida Homeowners’ Rights Under KB HOME Settlement

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The Florida Attorney General’s Office struck a settlement deal with homebuilder KB HOME. After a three-year investigation, the AG found evidence that the company violated Florida law by (1) not informing homeowners that their homes violated building codes and were not constructed according to orig

Hiring Unlicensed Contractors Could Lead to Trouble

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

It’s tempting to hire an unlicensed contractor.  Their services are low cost, and you are not even legally obligated to pay them.  In Florida, unlicensed contracting can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the facts.  Consequently, unlicensed contractors generally possess no contract o

Tampa Construction Defect Claims: Real and Synthetic Stucco Cracks and Water Damage Caused by Improper Installation

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

If properly installed and maintained, real cement stucco and synthetic stucco (properly called EIFS-Exterior Insulation and Finishing Systems) can both last for the life of the home. These systems are designed to shed rainwater immediately with only small amounts absorbed but dried out by the sun an

Protecting Lienors and Property Owners During Home Improvement

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Monday, April 15th, 2013

This is an overview of the actions that construction lienors and property owners should take to protect themselves in the event that lienors are not paid for improvements they made to the owner‘s property. Lienors Must Serve a “Notice to Owner” to Recover on a Claim of Lien Subcontractors, su

Preventing Commercial Landlord Liability for Tenant Improvements

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Many commercial landlords face a common but preventable problem: construction lien liability for tenant improvements. This issue comes up when the tenant voluntarily hires contractors to make improvements to the landlord’s property but fails to pay them in full. To recover the monies owed to them,