Construction Law

Ansbacher Law is able to assist in all areas of construction law.  Barry B. Ansbacher has been board certified as a real estate law specialist by the Florida Bar since 1995.   He is also dual board certified in construction law by the Florida Bar since 2010.

He is a published author on subdivision development and on many other areas of real estate law.  We represent builders and developers in all stages of development, including land acquisition and financing, platting, zoning, covenants, and contracts.  Our attorneys practice in Florida and Federal courts, and in arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association.  Ansbacher Law is an authorized title agency for largest and leading title insurer, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

We also represent homeowners with contracts and lot purchases, and in dealing with construction defects.  Florida law requires contractors to build homes in compliance with Florida Building Code.  If a home is not built in accordance with the Florida Building Code, the homeowner has many choices, including a lawsuit for breach of contract, a civil action for violation of the Florida Building Code, and a fraud claim for failure to disclose known latent defects.   Complaints can be filed with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Construction Industry Licensing Board; and there is a Construction Industry Recovery Fund; however, in our experience such complaints rarely prove effective. Contact us if we can help.

Chapter 558 Florida Statutes requires special notices prior to arbitration or filing a lawsuit. The use of an attorney to assure compliance is highly recommended. Review of thisflowchart [156 kb pdf] filewill help explain the requirements.

The requirements for construction depend on the building code adopted when the building permit application for the structure was filed.  See Florida Building Code Table of applicable building codes and adoption dates.