Residential Evictions: 7-Day Notices for Terminating Lease by Landlord for Causes other than Non-Payment of Rent

Terminating a lease for cause/lease breaches other than non-payment of rent is a little more involved than simple non-payment of rent, and this process starts with what is commonly known as the 7-Day Notice. It is called a 7-Day notice since such notice terminates the lease for NON-CURABLE VIOLATIONS within 7 days (not included legal … Read more

Residential Evictions in Florida: Step 1 – The 3-Day Notice

What is the 3-day Notice?  It is formally titled the NOTICE FROM LANDLORD TO TENANT–TERMINATION FOR FAILURE TO PAY RENT, but pursuant to statute it provides 3 (three) days for the tenant to pay the rent owed. Accordingly, it is commonly referred to as the 3(THREE) DAY NOTICE. The 3-day notice shall contain a statement … Read more

Real Estate Broker Liability for the Actions of a Real Estate Licensee

Can a broker be liable for the actions of an associate? There are many large real estate brokerages that employ many sales associates, and if an associate does mishandle escrow funds or commits other law or rules violations the broker may be liable and subject to a disciplinary action by the DPBR. Section 475.25, Florida Statutes … Read more

Florida Bar/Florida Association of Realtors Form Contracts “As-Is” v. Inspection (Standard) Form Contracts

Florida Bar/Florida Association of Realtors Form Contracts “As-Is” v. Inspection (Standard) Form Contracts. What is the difference? What should you use? AS-IS CONTRACT INSPECTION PROVISION AS IS Residential Contract For Sale And Purchase   STANDARD INSPECTION REPAIR PROVISIONS  Residential Contract For Sale And Purchase Commonalities Both forms give Buyer rights to inspect The different forms … Read more

Florida’s Homestead Exemption and its Benefits. Everything a Floridian Needs to Know.

This is a quick guide as to the meaning and benefits of the Florida Homestead Exemption. While many states have some sort of Homestead benefits, Florida’s Homestead laws provide the Country’s most generous set of benefits to its homeowners. The term Homestead exemption in Florida may refer to four different types of homestead exemptions/benefits  under Florida law: … Read more

Florida Real Estate: Seller and Real Estate Agent Fraud and Misrepresentations

Are you a victim of a real estate transaction gone wrong? Did an agent, broker, or seller make misrepresentations about the property which are now causing you problems?  Not disclose issues affecting the value of your property? Unauthorized work and work performed without permits to the property Undisclosed liens and other title defects Undisclosed defects in construction … Read more

MythBusting: Lawsuit to Foreclose a Florida Claim of Lien- One year, No extensions!

There is a common misconception(myth) among contractors that the deadline to file a lawsuit on a claim of lien can be extended beyond the one year statutory period  simply by refiling the same claim of lien before the expiration of the first. This is inaccurate. Simply put, you have 1 year from the recording of … Read more

Transfer your Residence to a Life Estate Under Florida Law- Keep Homestead and Your “Save Our Homes” Valuation

I want to transfer my residence to my child/children keeping a life estate for myself so that my property avoids probate, will I lose my homestead exemption or my “Save Our Home” valuation? NO , to both. Here is why: A transfer from full ownership (fee simple) to a life estate where the grantor keeps … Read more

Renting? Is your landlord in foreclosure?

In this real estate market everyone is looking for a steal. However, some offers are too good to be true. In the past only potential renters required background checks needed to close a rental agreement. Now times are different, and landlords need to be investigated too. Here are some helpful tips if you are planning … Read more