Florida’s Supreme Court Rules on Property Tax Exemption

Florida's Supreme Court rules on Homestead Property Exemption

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court in Garcia v. Andonie, provided guidance on Florida’s Homestead property tax exemption, and provided a favorable ruling for property owners.  The Supreme Court ruled that Fla. Stat. 196.031(1) is invalid and unenforceable to the extent that it imposes a requirement not contained in Florida’s Constitution. Continue reading

Florida Mechanic’s Lien Basics

Florida Mechanic's lien

A Florida mechanic’s lien is a right created by statute providing any person who performs services or provides materials to a property for  construction, to have a lien on that property for any money that is owed to that person for his or her services or materials furnished.  In other words, those who work or provide materials a property, and are not paid-in-full, have a right to file a lien against the property.   A mechanic’s lien can be filed against a property if a contractor fails to pay subcontractors or material suppliers, even if  the contractor has been paid in full by the owner.  If a lien is filed against a property, the property could be sold against the owner’s will to pay for labor, materials or other services which the contractor may have failed to pay. Continue reading