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Ad Valorem Taxpayers Who Settle at VAB Are Entitled to Interest

Published: May 21st, 2018

By: Robert S. Goldman

In 2011 the Florida Legislature enacted section 194.014, Florida Statutes, requiring taxpayers who petition the Value Adjustment Board for reductions in their ad valorem tax valuations to pay at least 75% of the related taxes (less any statutory early payment discount) as a condition to invoking the VAB process (petitioning taxpayers with classification or exemption […]

Jury Refuses to Hold Homebuilder Liable for Home Invasion

Published: April 16th, 2018

By: Anna E. Ketcham Michael J. Furbush

A homebuilder faced a $6 million lawsuit after a pregnant woman was kidnapped and shot by intruders who entered an upscale residential subdivision through open gates. But a Florida jury took just 30 minutes on Feb. 28, 2018, to find for Meritage Homes in a negligent security case that rested largely on whether leaving the […]

Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert: Complying with Florida’s New Rent Tax Rate

Published: December 21st, 2017

By: Mark E. Holcomb Vicki L. Berman

The Florida Legislature reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate from 6% to 5.8% for rental periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018. This article guides commercial landlords and property managers in complying with that rate change.  While the reduced tax rate applies to commercial rental consideration, it does not apply to other charges […]

Florida Land Development Permit Extensions for Hurricane Irma

Published: October 12th, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On September 4, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-235 declaring a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Irma. The emergency declaration is for 60 days and will expire on November 3, 2017. Florida Statute 252.363 allows for the extension of the termination dates of certain land development approvals for the duration of any […]

Florida Land Development Permit Extensions for Tropical Storm Emily

Published: August 9th, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On July 31, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-204 declaring a State of Emergency due to Tropical Storm Emily. The emergency declaration is for 60 days and will expire on September 29, 2017. Florida Statute 252.363 allows for the extension of the termination dates of certain land development approvals for the duration of […]

HOA Blog Part V: Distinguishing Between Condo and HOA Fees, Fines, and Penalties

Published: July 10th, 2017

By: Brian M. Stephens Peter M. Dunbar

Back in Part 1 of this series, we noted that subtle distinctions exist between the rules regulating condominiums versus rules regulating homeowner’s associations. And, in keeping with that subtly, much of what has been discussed in Parts 2, 3, and 4, of this series is equally applicable to condo and homeowner’s associations. Here, however, it […]

Land Development Permit Extensions – State of Emergency for Brush Fires Extended

Published: July 6th, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On April 11, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-120 declaring a State of Emergency for the entire State of Florida due to extensive brush fires caused by drought conditions. The emergency declaration was for 60 days and would have expired on June 10.  However, on June 9, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order […]

Florida Opioid Epidemic Leads to Land Development Permit Extensions

Published: May 31st, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On May 3, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-146 declaring a State of Emergency for the entire State of Florida due to the opioid epidemic. The emergency declaration is for 60 days. Florida Statute 252.363 allows for the extension of the termination dates of certain land development approvals for the duration of any […]