As the only American state with a sales tax on commercial rentals, Florida has a history of presenting businesses with unwelcome surprises in the form of audit assessments. What follows below is a summary of the top four misunderstandings that create taxpayer exposure. Tax base is broader than just “rent.” The measure of tax is […]
Dean Mead litigation attorney, Mark R. Leavitt, is quoted in the article titled, Is a Slice of Jetty Park up for Grabs to Developers?, published in the online edition of Florida Today, February 3, 2017. Read the article here: Is a Slice of Jetty Park up for Grabs to Developers?
When Do Disclaimer Clauses Bar Fraud Claims: Billington v. Ginn-La Pine Island, Ltd., 192 So.3d 77 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016) Background of Case The Plaintiff was an investor from the UK who had invested in Bobby Ginn developments previously. In the 2004-06 time frame, he bought two lots in Bella Collina, a high end development in Lake […]
Because real estate values are rising again in Florida, it is becoming more common for there to be third party purchasers at foreclosure sales who pay more than the amount of the foreclosure judgment in order to obtain title to the property being sold. The balance of the purchase funds, after payment of the clerk’s […]
Farmers, Mr. and Mrs. Nipper (the “Nippers”), successfully appealed a judgment enjoining them from operating a sky diving business on their farm in Walton County. The Nippers owned and operated a 290 acre farm and twice sought permission from the Walton County Planning Department to supplement their income by operating a sky diving operation on […]
FAQs on HOA Fees In Part 3 of this series, we discussed the HOA rules – where they come from and what happens when homeowners don’t obey the rules. If polled, more likely than not, few homeowners could recite a majority of their HOA’s rules. One rule, however, would likely be recognized by all. That […]
This summer, Governor Scott issued Executive Order Nos. 16-155, 16-156 and 16-204 declaring a State of Emergency for Palm Beach, Lee, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties due to toxic algae blooms in local water ways. The emergency declaration was for 120 days from the date of the original Executive Order on June 9, 2016. In […]
You’re not the boss of me… In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we learned what it means to live in a common interest community, generally, and what documents are used to establish the community – looking specifically at homeowners association controlled communities (“HOAs”). In this Part 3, we’ll consider the HOA rules […]