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Florida Makes Lease Closings Easier with New Signature Witness Laws

By: Stephanie M. Martin Posted on: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

If you are a Florida tenant or landlord, executing a long-term lease is now much less complicated. Florida House Bill 469 (HB 469), which took effect on July 1, 2020, allows both commercial and residential long-term leases to be executed without witnesses, expediting the process for all involved.


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 Landlords and Property Managers Should Be Doing During COVID-19

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Friday, March 20th, 2020

As the nation responds to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are all hopeful for the best outcome. During these trying times, however, consider the following: Communicate: In times of trouble, one of the most important factors is a constant and open line of communication. This is also true for landlord

What Tenants Should Know Before Signing a Commercial Lease

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Monday, August 20th, 2018

A commercial lease represents a significant commitment for your business. Commercial leases often are not subject to the same consumer protection laws as residential ones, so it is important to understand exactly what you are committing to and to negotiate the best possible terms. Before you sign su

How Florida Landlords Should Handle a Deceased Tenant’s Personal Property

By: Joe Alexander Posted on: Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Recently, ABC Action News (WFTS Tampa Bay) reported a story about what can happen when a tenant dies during a residential lease. A Vietnam veteran who had rented a Tampa apartment while receiving treatment at a VA Hospital, died suddenly in the middle of his lease term. His two sisters came from out

Getting Rid of Squatters Living In Your Florida Home

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Friday, May 30th, 2014

Kicking strangers out of your home may be harder than you think. Just ask the Army Soldier whose Pasco County, Florida home was invaded by a couple of squatters while he was away serving his country. Two complete strangers moved into the Soldier's home, changed the locks and refused to leave. If tha

Five Reasons to Bring a Quiet Title Action

By: Ghada Skaff Posted on: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

A quiet title action is a lawsuit in which the plaintiff asks the court to declare that the plaintiff has sole legal title to a piece of property.  In the lawsuit, the plaintiff should name any person or entity that might possibly have an ownership claim to the property as a defendant. Here are som