What the Future May Hold for Land Developers and Local Governments: Relief from Burdens on Real Property Rights


  • June 17, 2021
  • /   Laura Walda, Tara Tedrow & Kyla Szubinski
  • /   Articles,Real Estate
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Local governments may face challenges as a new proposed legislation regarding relief from burdens on real property rights awaits the approval of Governor DeSantis. An amendment to the Bert Harris Act, CS/CS for HB 421 & HB 1101, was passed by the House on April 21, 2021

Governor DeSantis Signs Law Limiting Increases to Impact Fees


  • June 7, 2021
  • /   Rebecca Wilson & McGregor Love
  • /   Articles,Real Estate,Land Use
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Late last week, Governor DeSantis signed into law a bill that limits the extent to which local governments may increase impact fees imposed on builders and developers. Impact fees help pay for infrastructure needed to support a proposed development.

Property Buyer Beware: Avoid Costly Tax Liabilities with a Sales Tax Clearance Letter [Lowndes Leasing Lawyers]


  • June 1, 2021
  • /   Gary Kaleita
  • /   Articles,Real Estate
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Florida imposes sales tax on rent payable under commercial leases. The rate imposed by the state is 5.5%, but local governments have the right to impose a surtax which varies based on the jurisdiction.

Florida Legislature Passes Bill Increasing Acreage for “Small-Scale” Comprehensive Plan Amendments


  • May 26, 2021
  • /   Tara Tedrow & McGregor Love
  • /   Articles,Land Use,Zoning,Real Estate
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On April 29, 2021, the Florida Legislature passed HB 487, which increases the maximum acreage of a small-scale comprehensive plan amendment from 10 acres to 50 acres.

2021 Property Tax Valuations Being Determined [Gray Area of the Law]


  • May 5, 2021
  • /   Brendan Lynch
  • /   Blogs,Gray Area of the Law,Property Taxes,Tax,Real Estate,Senior Housing
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Shareholder Brendan Lynch discusses what to expect as property appraisers begin to determine 2021 valuations for properties in Florida, and what that could mean for property owners.

COVID’s Lasting Impacts on Commercial Lease Negotiations [Lowndes Leasing Lawyers]


  • May 5, 2021
  • /   Shawn Rader
  • /   Blogs,Commercial Leasing,Lowndes Leasing Blog,Real Estate
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Shareholder Shawn Rader discusses the lasting impacts that COVID-19 is expected to have on commercial lease negotiations.

Lowndes Advises The Bainbridge Companies on Disney-area Apartment Complex


  • April 29, 2021
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  • /   News,Land Use,Real Estate,Zoning
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Lowndes is providing land use counsel to The Bainbridge Companies, a Fla.-based luxury multifamily apartment community developer, on the development an apartment community near Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Lowndes Advises PENLER on Luxury Apartment Complex in Clermont, Fla.


  • April 15, 2021
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  • /   News,Real Estate,Land Use
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Lowndes provided land use counsel to PENLER, an Atlanta-based multifamily developer, on a 288-unit luxury apartment community in Clermont, Fla.

Lowndes Advises RealOp Investments on Build-for-Rent Subdivision in Lady Lake


  • April 8, 2021
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  • /   News,Real Estate,Land Use
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Lowndes is representing RealOp Investments, a South Carolina-based a commercial real estate investment company, in the development of a single-family rental home subdivision in the Town of Lady Lake.

CDC Moratorium on Residential Evictions Continues but Not Without Exception


  • March 31, 2021
  • /   James Walson & Michael Piccolo
  • /   Articles,Real Estate,Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force,Coronavirus COVID-19 Task Force
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On March 28, 2021, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its nationwide moratorium on residential evictions, prohibiting the eviction of residential tenants who qualify under the CDC’s rules.