Everything You Need To Know About Florida Deficiency Judgments – Part I

What must a lender do in order to obtain a judgment in Florida when the sale proceeds are not enough to pay off the debt of the property? Al LaSorte explains what a deficiency judgment is and how to navigate the legal landscape in obtaining one. CONTINUE READING...

Don’t lock out your tenant, even if the lease says so

A Florida landlord recently learned that “self-help” is not allowed for evicting a tenant, even if the parties’ lease says it is. CONTINUE READING...

5 things to consider when deciding whether to include an arbitration clause in a real estate contract

Many types of contracts require the parties to submit their disputes to arbitration. For example, arbitration clauses are common in consumer agreements, such as car leases and gym memberships. While a consumer can negotiate certain terms, like price, most of the provisions are not negotiable. While the consumer may be stuck arbitrating, commercial parties often negotiate every last term of their agreements. This includes whether to require the parties to arbitrate their disputes or take them to court. There are advantages to each, so here are five things to consider when deciding whether to include an arbitration clause in a real estate contract, such as a purchase and sale agreement or lease. CONTINUE READING...

If I get a judgment against my commercial tenant, will I be able to collect?

Before pursuing a tenant for damages, a landlord must decide whether there is value in pursuing a defaulting tenant for money damages. So how does a landlord decide? Read 10 things a landlord should consider in this post. CONTINUE READING...

Top 10 provisions your litigator wants in your commercial lease

It’s bad enough having to call your real estate litigator. But it’s worse when he or she tells you that your lease is missing some critical provision that would help you in your current dispute. Here are ten things your litigator wants to see in your commercial lease. CONTINUE READING...

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