Andrew Douglas P.A. Successfully Defends Felony Unlicensed Contracting Charge for Client

WESTON, FLORIDA – (July, 5, 2018) Andrew Douglas, P.A., is pleased to announce that it has successfully defended its client against a felony criminal charge of Unlicensed Contracting During a Declared State of Emergency (Engage in Contracting Violation During Existence of State of Emergency.) The State Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit, in and … Read more

Financially Responsible Officer Designation Not Available for Electrical Companies

Florida Statute 489.119 permits Construction Companies to designate a Financially Responsible Officer (FRO). This allows a construction company to bifurcate the construction responsibilities from the financial responsibilities of the company. This is used, generally, when a construction company utilizes a non-owner construction licensee (general contractor) to qualify the construction business. Allowing the non owner to … Read more

Florida Lien Law: Using Lien Statute to Foreclose Worthless Collateral, Why and When?

Recently, the Florida Construction Attorney Articles discussed how tenant improvements can subject a landlord to lien liability (see Article on Florida Lien Law: Liens and Leases), but what can be done when a Fee Simple Owner properly avoids liability through compliance with Fla. Stat. 713.10(2)(a) which states, “[w]hen the lease expressly provides that the interest of the … Read more

Florida DBPR CILB – Finding the Forms to Qualify Business Entities and Additional Entities on DBPR Website

Go to the Website for DBPR Construction Industry http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/construction-industry/ 2. Click on the Apply for a License Tab   3. Click on your License type. Choose form to Qualify Business or Qualify Additional Business. Forms Include: For new licensees use form 6(x) or 7(x), existing licensees use Form 9. CILB 6-G – Class A air … Read more

Construction Law: Qualifier/Qualifying Agreement – Qualifying Additional Business Entities – Proof of Supervision

In recent years, the Construction Industry Licensing Board (“CILB”)has expressed concerns with qualifiers that qualify more than one business entity. The CILB requires that a licensee appear before the board at a monthly meeting in order for the board to approve such licensee to qualify an additional business. This in-person evaluation is one way the … Read more

Construction Contracting: Contractors Can Contract for Limited Work Outside Scope of License

Contractors Can Contract for Limited Work Outside Scope of License Florida Statute 489.113 specifically allows for licensed general contractors to contract for a limited scope of work outside of their licensure provided the majority of the work to be performed under the contract is within the licensure. A properly licensed contractor must still perform the work,( … Read more

Florida Lien Law: Liens and Leases

Can lienors that perform work on a construction project under a contract with a lessee (tenant) foreclose on the Owner’s interest? Quick Answer: It depends. The not so quick answer starts with a basic rule and continues with exceptions, all found in Fla. Stat. 713.10. Basic Rule: 713.10 (1) Except as provided in s. 713.12, … Read more

Construction Contracting: Prohibited Practices “Rent-a-License”

An unlicensed handyman pulls a permit using a friends contracting license. This happens all the time. Its unlawful, and most important, when it happens, the homeowner will not have to pay for the work. However, many handymen (read unlicensed person) think they are acting lawfully, and even diligently, by having a properly licensed professional pull the … Read more

Construction Qualifiers: Qualifying More than One Construction Business in Florida

Can a construction licensee qualify more than 1 construction business? Yes. A qualifier may qualify two or more businesses. You may access the application to qualify an additional business entity online at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/construction-industry/. However, the Construction industry licensing board requires that applicants seeking to qualify more than one business appear before a monthly board meeting … Read more

Construction Companies: Secondary Qualifying Agent

What is a Secondary Qualifying Agent? A secondary qualifying agent is responsible only for: 1. The supervision of field work at sites where his or her license was used to obtain the building permit; and 2. Any other work for which he or she accepts responsibility. See Fla. Stat. 489.1195 A secondary qualifying agent is not … Read more