In the early 80's, Robert Crain, a well-known engineer in the condo construction defect world, was asked by HUD to opine on the anticipated useful life of condominium buildings built in Florida. His conclusion was 50 years. Especially for a number of beachfront condos built in the 1970's, engineer Crain seems to have predicted well. The definition ...
The meeting of creditors is administered by the bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Bankruptcy Court. The trustees are lawyers appointed by the Court. At the meeting of creditors, the trustee will inquire about the asset picture of the company. Thereafter, homeowner victims, and subcontractors and suppliers if they are due money, have the opportuni...
Some families are raising concerns about thousands of dollars invested into homes, after a company filed for bankruptcy this month.  SARASOTA, Fla. — Some families are raising concerns about the thousands of dollars they had invested into homes. This after a company filed for bankruptcy this month. Court documents show Elk Ridge Custom Homes, ...
 I. THE CONTEXT  A. Repair and Maintenance: The Primary Association Responsibility The primary responsibility of Florida condominium and homeowner associations is to maintain the common elements (in the case of condos), and association-owned property and the portions of multi-family buildings over which the association has repair and main...
January 7, 2019 — Representing 20 of the homeowners left stranded by HD Custom Homes, firm principal Alan Tannenbaum discussed a key step in the case: forcing the Port Charlotte-based homebuilder into involuntary bankruptcy. Tannenbaum's interview with NBC2 investigators was live-streamed online on January 7th. You can watch the segment here. Tanne...
Those familiar with our law firm know that we have branch offices in St. Petersburg, Orlando and Fort Myers, in addition to our main office in Sarasota. In fact, a Florida construction industry controversy has broken out in St. Petersburg. An industry trade association says it's illegal for the city to require contractors to hire disadvantaged work...
Most people in South Florida are familiar with the mixed-use railroad station development known as MiamiCentral. But those in other parts of the state might not be as familiar with the nine-acre complex. MiamiCentral connects to the adjacent Government Center station that serves rail and bus lines. The complex is also to include more than three mil...
Any big home remodeling project takes a lot of time and effort to complete. For example, if you've been remodeling your Florida vacation home's kitchen, adding high-end cabinets and countertops and new lighting and flooring, you know that often more than one contractor is involved in the process. However, one problem Florida property owners might n...
As regular readers of our legal blog know, we recently wrote about the growing list of complaints about shoddy construction at One Ocean, a South Florida luxury condominium project. A recent construction defects lawsuit says the Related Group's South Beach property developer, general contractor, three subcontractors and architect have all failed to...

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