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Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert: Hillsborough County Tax Rate Reduced by Court Action

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: March 19th, 2021

By: Vicki L. Berman Mark E. Holcomb

The Florida Supreme Court recently invalidated the 1% transportation discretionary sales surtax approved by Hillsborough County voters in November 2018.[1] As a result, the Florida Department of Revenue advises that dealers cease collecting this 1% Hillsborough County surtax, effective immediately.[2] Commercial landlords and property managers should promptly reduce the tax rate charged in Hillsborough County […]

Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2020

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: December 5th, 2019

By: Vicki L. Berman Mark E. Holcomb

Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert:    Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2020 The Florida Legislature has, again, reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate for periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020.  Local option (county) surtax rates, however, remain unchanged.  While the reduced state tax rate applies to commercial rental consideration, […]

Five Tips for Buying Commercial Property for Your Business

Published: February 14th, 2019

By: W. Lee Dobbins

Are you considering buying commercial property, so you can build a building for your business? Before you take that step and become a land developer, you need to do your due diligence. Here are five items that should be at, or close to, the top of your list of priorities: Zoning Do you know what […]

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

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: December 21st, 2017

By: Vicki L. Berman Mark E. Holcomb

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 […]

The Florida Commercial Rent Tax: Four Traps for the Unwary

Published: March 28th, 2017

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 […]

Landlords: During Lease Negotiations, Be Aware of Co-tenancy Provisions

Published: August 8th, 2016

It is becoming increasingly common for tenants, particularly retail tenants in shopping centers, to require the inclusion in their leases of provisions allowing the termination of the lease or modification of lease terms if another tenant of the shopping center fails to materialize or discontinues operation of their business. Usually such provisions relate to the […]

Felipe Guerrero Featured in El Sentinel

Published: February 21st, 2014

By: A. Felipe Guerrero

Dean Mead attorney, Felipe Guerrero, was featured in the February 17, 2014 edition of El Sentinel. A link to the article is here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/elsentinel/mi-gente-15-20140217,0,491821.story Article is translated here in English: He has his own story and a genuine concern for the rights of minorities which has led to Felipe Guerrero, a young Colombian lawyer, commercial litigator with […]

Vicki Berman Talks CREW and Mentoring in February’s i4 Business Magazine

Published: February 7th, 2014

By: Vicki L. Berman

Vicki Berman, shareholder in Dean Mead’s Real Estate department, authored a guest column entitled, “Mentoring – What Is It?” published in the February 2014 issue of i4 Business Magazine. The article focuses on the changing dynamics of mentoring programs in today’s corporate arena. It describes the proactive approach that organizations such as Commercial Real Estate for […]