An effort to reform Florida’s construction defects statutes contained in Chapter 558, F.S., is on the move in the Florida Legislature. The legislation, HB 21 by Representative Alex Andrade (R – Pensacola) and SB 270 by Senator Keith Perry (R – Gainesville), is designed to move the Ch. 558 construction defect resolution process closer to its original intent of providing a non-litigious forum for owners and contractors to cure bonafide construction defects. Notably, the legislation would make substantive changes to Ch. 558 in the following ways.
The bills provide for a definitional change to “Material Violation” in 553.84, F.S., that would require an elevated threshold to ensure that owners aren’t initiating claims for superficial or miniscule things that are not a defect and do not weaken the integrity of the completed structure. Read More.