Construction often involves multiple parties performing different work, making it essential that coverage is in place for all aspects of a project. Adding someone as an additional insured is a common way to get this done. It protects the owner as well as general contractor from liability arising out of any subcontractor action.
A contractor’s final payment affidavit is a critical document. Without filing it, a contractor will not be able to enforce its lien rights. The affidavit has to list all lienholders under the contractor’s control and note whether those lienholders have been paid in full, and if not, the amount still due.
Florida law requires that individuals who work as contractors obtain a state contractor’s license to perform most construction work. The law defines a contractor as anyone who builds, improves on, tears down, or subtracts from any building or structure for compensation. This covers actual construction, as well as structural alterations and plumbing, electrical, or air […]
The Florida Supreme Court recently decided Maronda Homes v. Lakeview Reserve, a construction case based on breach of implied warranties of fitness and habitability. Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Association sued over defects in common areas, roadways, drainage systems, underground pipes, and retention ponds. At issue was whether the roads and drainage systems, “offsite improvements”, were so […]
Construction defects can arise at any time, sometimes years after the project’s completion. Defects are either patent or latent, and can involve issues with the project’s design, materials and supplies, or services rendered. While both types of defects can be very damaging, the law treats them differently.