Real Estate Damage Claims After A Major Storm (Hurricane) in Florida

| September 18, 2017

We all know that living in Florida means having to deal with real property damage claims caused by tropical storms, tornadoes and by the dreaded hurricane.  (Like 2017’s Category 4 Hurricane Irma).     Just like any other insurance claim, a claimant (homeowner) should ask themselves the following questions when deciding how to proceed after […]

Concealment, Nondisclosure And Silence By Florida Real Estate Sellers

| August 16, 2016

In Florida, in order to have a binding contract to purchase real estate, both the buyer and seller must sign a written agreement that includes the material terms of the deal (price, closing date, description of the property, financing, etc.).  That contract controls the transaction and it spells out the parties’ obligation to one another […]

Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents in Florida: Buyer Beware

| August 26, 2014

Last Update: 5/7/17 For many home buyers in South Florida, finding that right house or condo to buy is an exciting moment. Some houses sound great on paper or look fabulous on online, but when you do a walk-through with your real estate agent, the place just isn’t right. You keep looking until you find […]

Does a Home Buyer Have a Claim Because They Weren’t Told About a Problem with Their Home?

| August 5, 2014

Last Update: 1/1/16 What Type of Property Conditions Must Be Disclosed to Florida Home Buyers (And What Can Be Kept Hidden) Under Florida Law? Under Florida law, a buyer can sue for damages, and  even rescind a transaction, where a seller or real estate agent doesn’t reveal a material problem with the home prior to purchase.  […]

Defects Discovered in the Home After Closing: What Can a Buyer Do?

| July 29, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 There are all kinds of problems with their new home that buyers may discover after they’ve left the closing table and moved into their new home or condo. Home defects can be found in brand new homes that have just been built.  Problems can also be discovered in homes that have been […]

Fraud by a Florida Real Estate Agent: Are You a Victim?

| June 17, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 Unfortunately, in Florida, fraud claims against real estate agents are common. Fraud claims against real estate professionals cover a variety of situations, but they all share a common characteristic: this was not just a mistake, the real estate agent has intentionally done something wrong. The intentional bad act by the real estate […]

Can You Sue a Florida Real Estate Agent for Fraud and Can You Recover Punitive Damages?

| May 27, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 In Florida, if you have been the victim of an unscrupulous real estate agent or broker, you can do two things (assuming that talking with the real estate agent didn’t get you anywhere): one, you can file an official complaint with Florida Real Estate Commission; and second, you can file a civil […]

Mold Claims by a Florida Tenant: Can You Sue the Landlord When Mold Is Found in a Leased Home, Apartment, Office, or Condo?

| April 22, 2014

Last Update: 10/4/17 In Florida,  the leasing and renting of residential and commercial real estate is governed by Florida statutes and Florida court opinions – which together, make-up Florida’s Landlord-Tenant Law. Mold Issues and Landlord-Tenant Disputes In Florida, there’s a particularly common issue that causes legal disputes between landlords and tenants year after year, particularly […]

Construction Defects in Florida: Florida Statutes Chapter 558 and the KB Home Nightmare at the Willowbrook Condos

| November 19, 2013

Construction defects are infamous here in Florida — particularly as a result of the building frenzy a few years back when the Florida construction industry enjoyed a heyday. Back then, there were some unscrupulous builders who thought it was good business to cut corners and maximize profits. Today, those builders are finding out that the […]

For Owners, Renters, HOAs, Timeshare and Condo Boards – Alert: 4 New Laws Effective July 2012 for Florida Condos and Florida Timeshares

| June 19, 2012

A week from Sunday, on July 1, 2012, several new laws will go into effect here in Florida that govern how things work for those who live in Florida condominiums and Florida timeshares and the associations and boards that run things in these communities.  Here’s a synopsis of the new Florida Statutes that were passed […]

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