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What is a Tax Certificate or Tax Deed?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

A tax deed sale is the sale of property for past due real estate taxes and fees associated with the sale. Each year, real estate taxes are to be paid by a predetermined date to avoid becoming delinquent. Once delinquent, the Tax Collector holds an auction to pay off the taxes. This auction is… Read More »

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Removal of Transient Occupant from Residential Property

By Daniel M. Copeland |

First of all, what is a transient occupant? The term “transient occupant” means a person whose residency in real property intended for residential use has occurred for a brief length of time, is not pursuant to a lease, and whose occupancy was intended as transient in nature. The Factors that establish that a person… Read More »

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Who Can File An Eviction Action In Florida?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Let’s say that you have a problem with a tenant who refuses to pay rent or follow the requirements of the lease, and now it’s time to evict. Before starting the eviction process, there is are some important issues to consider: Who has the right to file an eviction in Florida? Under the law,… Read More »

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DEFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Notice of Defect Procedure Prior to Arbitration or Suit            This procedure applies only to claims for damages or loss of property by an alleged construction defect.  The law requires that before filing an action, a claimant must serve written notice on the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional describing the claim in reasonable… Read More »

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CAN A HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION OR CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION FORECLOSE ON MY PROPERTY?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

If you live in a house, townhome or condominium that’s part of a common interest community in Florida, more than likely you have a responsibility to pay dues and assessments to the homeowners’ association (“HOA”) or condominium association (“COA”).  If you do not pay these dues or assessments, you could be at risk for… Read More »

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WHO CAN FILE AN EVICTION ACTION?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

You have a problem tenant who refuses to pay rent or follow the lease, and now it’s time to evict. Before starting the eviction process, there is an important issue to consider: Who has the right to file an eviction in Florida? Under the law, the following parties may bring an eviction action: Property… Read More »

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Eviction Action – 3 Day Notice for Non-Payment of Rent – Condition Precedent

By Daniel M. Copeland |

You can be evicted if you do not pay your rent. It’s simple, “you pay you stay and you don’t you go.” Your landlord must, by law, first follow several specific steps prior to filing an eviction action with a court of competent jurisdiction. The first step must be to give you a 3-day notice for non-payment of rent. The 3-day… Read More »

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Landlord Legal Responsibilities in Florida

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Renting property in Florida entails many legal responsibilities; such as how you pick your tenant(s) to when and how you return a security deposit or make a claim on it.  If a landlord does not know the law, it can cost them time and money.  Let’s say for example, you decide that since your… Read More »

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Does Your Florida Lease Meet the State Requirements?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

For the landlord and the tenant, the rental agreement or lease that is signed by the parties sets out the contractual basis of the relationship and is full of crucial business details, such as how long the tenant can occupy the rental property; the amount of the rent that will be charged and the… Read More »

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Has A Construction Lien Been Filed Against Your Property?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Florida’s construction lien laws provide property owners with relief from a lien on their property in two different ways: 1) The first allows property owners, typically owners of large commercial or condominium properties, to exempt their property from liens by requiring the contractor to post a payment bond prior to project initiation; 2) The… Read More »

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