Construction Law FAQs

Construction Law: Most Commonly Asked Questions

Building codes are strict construction policies that govern how building sites are built and maintained. Building codes help keep construction workers accountable and ensure that buildings are safe and reliable.

You will need a construction permit if you plan to remodel, add to or alter any building. The type of permit that you will need varies and is contingent upon the type of structure that you intend to build, the building codes for your area, the scope of the construction and rules of the area that you live in. For more information on what you may need to begin your construction project, you should contact an experienced construction law attorney.

Yes. It is best to have a licensed contractor on your construction project.

A mechanic’s lien is a security interest that can be placed against a piece of property by the supplier or laborer. In construction law, it is used to protect the investments made into the property. If something does not go as planned, a mechanic’s lien allows people to receive compensation.

Your contractor is expected to provide you with more than an estimate. He should provide you with a quote, which is an exact amount that should be placed in writing. If the contractor is skilled in the construction field, it should not be a problem for him/her to provide you with a legitimate quote. If your contractor fails to adhere to the demands of the contract, or if he charges you more than the quote that you were initially given, you should contact an experienced construction law attorney.

In the state of Florida, both oral and written contracts are considered valid and enforceable. However, oral contracts may be more likely to cause confusion and result in contract disputes. Further, it  can be extremely difficult to rely on an oral contract in a court of law. Thus, it is best to obtain a written contract, with specific and detailed outlines of the terms and conditions of the construction project.

A building inspection investigates an area to ensure that the state and quality of the building align with the area’s building codes. Meanwhile, a home inspection is used to provide a resident with a professional opinion of the conditions of the home.

While it may vary and fluctuate depending on the years of protection, a builder’s warranty may cover any of the following:

  • Labor
  • Supplies and materials
  • Mechanical defects
  • Structural defects

A construction defect is an error and/or deficiency in the building structure. It can often be the result of professional negligence and/or failure to adhere to a given contract and basic construction regulations. It is best to contact an experienced construction defect attorney for guidance.

It is best to hire an expert in the construction field to thoroughly inspect the premises and notate if there are any defects on the property. An expert can provide reasoning and explanation of why a defect is a defect, as well as the harm that can be posed to presiding and visiting residents on the property. Then, you should contact a construction law attorney.

You should consider hiring an expert to confirm the defects and an attorney to ensure that the defects are properly identified and prepared.

Many properties have homeowner associations, which may be willing to support your lawsuit. Otherwise, you may wish to borrow loans from lenders or hire a contingency lawyer.

Albeit not impossible, funds may be significantly delayed if a builder/developer is out of business, cannot be located or is bankrupt. You should speak to a construction attorney to explore your available options.

They most likely will not, but it may not depend on the circumstances.

Yes to both questions. You must do whatever you can to prevent the property from experiencing further damage. These costs can be reimbursed to you in the lawsuit.

Yes. You should contact an experienced real estate broker and lawyer for assistance.

Florida construction lien law can be found in FL Statute 713.001-713.37. These statutes outline the type of liens that are available, authorization of people handling liens, and how to use construction liens correctly.

A construction lien is used to protect suppliers and/or laborers of a construction project by ensuring that they are paid for their services. By placing a lien against a site or piece of property, professionals can be confident that their investments will be profited. The lien informs people that money is owed to the creditor.

Lienable means that a site or property requires payment. It is essentially a term used to explain that debt is owed on a piece of property.

Liens can be assigned to real estate, business property and personal property, as long as there are multiple experts working on a project that expect to receive payment for their services.

The Notice of Commencement and the Notice to Owner/Contractor.

The Notice of Commencement is extremely important. From the date that it is filed, it determines the lien that will be attached to the property. This public notice outlines the details and description of the property and the project; a legal account of the property; and the names and contact information of all of the parties involved in the construction project.

If you are a lienor and money is owed to you, it is crucial that you record your claim of lien as soon as possible after receiving a Notice of Termination. This ensures that you receive funds for your services and investment.

In construction law, a waived lien implies the release of a future right. A released lien implies the release of an accrued right. A satisfied lien implies the release of a recorded asserted claim. Florida construction law requires that parties choose their lien, as opposed to being forced to give up crucial rights. You should contact an experienced construction law attorney for assistance with these types of liens.

A Contractor’s Final Payment Affidavit is a legal document that is used to obtain the final payment from an owner. It notes the work that is completed and the amount of money that is owed. It requires signatures and is legally binding.

Unlicensed contractors are not legally permitted to lien property. Therefore, there is a major likelihood that they may not receive payments for their services because their lien will be considered invalid and void.

Willful and intentional abuse of Florida’s Construction lien laws may constitute a charge with a felony of the first, second or third degree.

Any lien, or claim against a property, that is willfully and intentionally fabricated, exaggerated, falsified or misrepresented constitutes fraud. This is considered a felony of the third degree and may result in serious jail time and fines.

When you purchase a piece of personal property, you are required to join a homeowners association. These corporations require monthly and yearly fees to maintain the area.

Anyone involved in a construction project can be held liable for professional negligence and held accountable for construction accident injuries. These may include construction site owners, subcontractors, designers, architects, engineers, manufacturers, laborers and suppliers.