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Tips of the Trade: Negotiating Commercial Leases

Negotiating the lease for your first commercial space? Here are 3 tips from our seasoned attorneys! We have the privilege of representing many first-time business owners pursuing a dream. Our clients include dentists opening up their own practice after years working in corporate and even engineers who are tired of the grind and looking to […]

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Corporate Transparency Act Deemed Unconstitutional

In representing hundreds of small business owners and non-profits (including homeowners associations and condominium associations), our Firm has been asked several times about how the Corporate Transparency Act ("CTA") would affect their business and impact their own individual privacy. When enacted, the CTA required certain entities to disclose information about their "beneficial owners" to the […]

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Florida Condo Prices are Falling: What it Means for Your Board

The landscape for condominium home ownership is undergoing significant changes. Recent reports from Redfin indicate a stark contrast between the national trend of rising condo prices and the reality in Florida (https://fortune.com/2024/02/27/florida-condo-prices-dropping-insurance-hoa/). Condominium sales prices in Jacksonville have seen a nearly 7% decrease year over year, while Miami experienced an almost 3% decline. The culprit […]

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Florida Legislature Considers Ban on Estoppel Fees

Should all homeowners pay for estoppel certificates when one owner is looking to sell? The Florida Senate is considering a new law to eliminate estoppel fees charged by homeowners and condominium associations (See, 2024 Senate Bill 278, https://legiscan.com/FL/text/S0278/id/2852034). An estoppel certificate is typically ordered by a title company as part of a closing for a […]

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Seeing Signs

The sign at the entrance or reception area of a business is often one of the first things you notice when you enter. More than just displaying the business’ branding and identity, it sends a subtle message that the business is established and, hopefully, here to stay. When I started DHN Attorneys in November 2013, […]

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Pointing Fingers: General Versus Sub-Contractors

Our townhome and condominium association clients are required to commence with multiple construction projects to meet the needs of their members. These primarily involve roofing or repainting projects but can also include upgrading amenities and common areas, improving security systems, or even improving energy efficiency through insulation or solar panel installations. Despite spending millions of […]

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2023 Legislative Updates: Part 2

The following is a summary of the recent legislative updates coming effective in 2023. This article is for general use only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have questions about how this may impact your community association, we strongly encourage you to contact your management or legal professional partners for guidance. […]

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2023 Legislative Updates: Part I

The following is a summary of the recent legislative updates coming effective in 2023. This article is for general use only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have questions about how this may impact your community association, we strongly encourage you to contact your management or legal professional partners for guidance. […]

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Shining the Light on Official Records

In the State of Florida, transparency and accountability are highly valued in both private and public organizations. The Florida Sunshine Laws not only apply to state government entities, but also homeowners associations. This blog will delve into what Florida Sunshine Laws are and how they apply to homeowners associations, what are considered official records of […]

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