How to prevent a tenant from removing valuable equipment before they flee

Before a landlord files suit for eviction, it should first consider whether there is any equipment on the premises that could help attract a new tenant. A landlord may prevent a tenant from taking equipment from the premises by filing a distress writ. CONTINUE READING...

What happens when a tenant’s business becomes illegal during the lease term?

When the tenant’s business is made illegal during the term of the lease, the tenant’s business is likely to disappear altogether, leading to a likely default. What that means for the landlord and tenant may come down to drafting. CONTINUE READING...

Top 10 mistakes Florida commercial real estate and leasing brokers make

We’ve helped commercial real estate and leasing brokers deal with many mistakes over the years. Here are ten to avoid. CONTINUE READING...

Does filing a lawsuit challenging property taxes get you out of paying them while the suit is pending?

Taxpayers must remember that filing a lawsuit to challenge your county property appraiser’s valuation of your property, or denial of an exemption from ad valorem taxes, does not get you out of paying while the suit is pending. What happens, though, when the lawsuit covers one tax year but goes on for more than one? CONTINUE READING...

Can I Get a Money Judgment If I Can’t Locate the Defendant or If He Resides Out of State?

Once you have filed your complaint seeking damages for breach of a lease or guaranty, you are required to serve the party from which you are seeking relief. But what happens when you are having difficulty serving the breaching party because they are either intentionally avoiding service or they have moved out of state? CONTINUE READING...

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