Florida Mechanic Lien Statute; Florida Construction Lien Law; Fla. Stat. 713; Fla. Stat. 713.01(15) improvement;

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

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

I.  Introduction

A claim of lien is an encumbrance against real property created by state law for the purpose of securing payment for labor, materials, or services expended to improve the real property. While there are many types of liens, the most important class of liens to contractors and subcontractors working in Florida were traditionally

Florida Statutes chapter 713, commonly referred to as Florida’s mechanic’s lien statute, or “construction lien law,” is intended “to protect those who have provided labor and materials for the improvement of real property.” Parc Central Aventura East Condominium v. Victoria Group Services, LLC, et al., 54 So.ed 532, 533 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011), citing WMS