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Does The Sunshine Law Apply To Community Associations?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

The Sunshine Law is a law on the books in Florida that states that any records made or received by a public agency “in the course of its official business” are available for inspection by the general public, barring certain limited exceptions. Over time, the definition of ‘public records’ has expanded, including more and… Read More »

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When A Tenant Breaks A Lease

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Few tenants sign a lease with the intention to break it or leave the premises before its conclusion – but sometimes, life happens, and they may need to depart suddenly. Doing so is called breaking a lease, and while some of these situations can be settled between the landlord and the tenant, sometimes it… Read More »

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Prepping For Hurricanes While Buying Florida Property

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Many prospective property owners in the Sunshine State are well acquainted with the state’s hurricane season, and are ready and willing to put in the work to protect their new homes. However, there are many situations in which a buyer or new homeowner can be caught by surprise, most often because of a lack… Read More »

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Adverse Possession & Florida Real Estate

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A person generally likes to think that once they have purchased a piece of Florida real property, they own it without having to worry about it being seized by anyone (other than the government in certain situations). In reality, there is a concept called adverse possession that allows another person, under circumstances, to take… Read More »

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Clarifying New Laws For Condominium Buildings After Surfside Collapse

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

After the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside in June 2021, Florida’s legislature sought to learn from the tragedy. In time, they passed laws seeking to limit the possibility of a similar disaster in the future, including increasing the frequency and requirements of ‘milestone’ inspections, and pledging to base their future plans on… Read More »

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Do I Have To Join My New Home’s HOA?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A prospective Florida home buyer is a person who has fairly firm preferences on what they are looking for in a place to live. Many, especially those coming from out of state, are firmly set against joining a homeowners’ association (HOA). However, data from Today’s Homeowner shows that around 45 percent of all Floridian… Read More »

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How To Keep An Eviction Legal

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

If a landlord and a tenant enter into a lease contract, both parties are required to act in a way that upholds the terms of the lease at all times. This includes the terms that govern breaking that lease or otherwise terminating it, such as by eviction. A landlord must conduct an eviction in… Read More »

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Real Estate Attorneys & Florida Closings

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A closing is a proceeding at which the sale of a piece of property becomes final. These proceedings can be either quite simple, or can be complex, involving a host of different questions and understandings. If you are a buyer or seller approaching your closing, it is crucial to understand your rights and responsibilities… Read More »

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When A Tenant Breaks A Lease

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In general, it is never a good idea to break a lease, either as a tenant or a landlord, but there are moments when there may be no other choice. Whether due to harassment, safety issues, or an obligation like being called up to the military, it is important that a tenant’s choosing to… Read More »

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What Is A Latent Defect In Florida Real Estate?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

If you are looking to purchase real property in Florida, it is crucial to be aware of the obligations on both the buyer and the seller. Transparency is key for both parties, as Florida case law requires that sellers in particular disclose relevant information about the home or land. Failure to do so can… Read More »

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