Construction & Real Estate

Previously in this series, I discussed the property that could be the subject of a construction lien. In this part, we take a look at the definition of improvement and the “permanent benefit” requirement.

The Florida Construction Lien Law defines an “improvement” as “any building, structure, construction, demolition, excavation, landscaping, or any part thereof

Pursuant to the Construction Lien Law statute, a laborer is any person other than an architect, landscape architect, engineer, surveyor and mapper, and the like who, under a properly authorized contract, personally performs on the site of the improvement labor or services for improving real property and does not furnish materials or labor service of

Under Florida’s Construction Lien Law, a “materialman” is a person who furnishes materials under contract to the owner, contractor, subcontractor, or sub-subcontractor on the site of the improvement or for direct delivery to the site of the improvement. A materialman may deliver specially fabricated materials off the site of the improvement. By definition, a materialman

Florida law governs who can enforce a construction lien. Under the construction lien statute, a contractor, a subcontractor, a sub-subcontractor, a material man who contracts with an owner, a contractor, subcontractor, or sub-subcontractor; a laborer, or a “professional lienor” are entitled to enforce a construction lien under the statute. Fla. Stat. § 713.01(18).

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Florida Construction Liens: Insurance Proceeds and Construction Liens

When an improvement covered by property damage insurance is damaged or destroyed and the owner, contractor, or subcontractor is paid for the destroyed improvement, the person or entity receiving the insurance proceeds holds those funds in trust for the lienors holding liens related to the destroyed or

When entering into a lease, especially for commercial property, the parties often contemplate that the tenant will make improvements to the leased premises. The question arises: is the property subject to a construction lien where the contract for improvements is with the tenant? The Florida Supreme Court answered this question with the following test:

If