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Apartment development drives housing starts in Florida, elsewhere

Anyone with eyes can see that residential construction is booming in Miami and throughout South Florida. Much of this boom is due largely to major, multi-million-dollar apartment and condominium developments. Given the increasing population in South Florida, the addition of so many new housing units will help to keep the area somewhat affordable for residents. However, with a boom in development there is usually also a boom in construction litigation.

In March, construction starts on new apartment developments drove up home building indicators across the United States. Apartment starts, alone, were up a whopping 16 percent. In Miami, all one need do is drive along Brickell or Bayshore to have these statistics confirmed. But high-end residential developments can sometimes cause high-end legal headaches.

When there is a boom in construction, there can be a shortage of contractors and workers to get the job done. There can even be shortages in local supplies of building materials. Such shortages can result in work not being completed on time or even in workers walking off one job to take other, higher-paying work on a different site. This, in turn, can result in costly delays and litigation.

For these reasons, it is crucial for developers and contractors to have an experienced construction attorney on their side from the beginning of a project to the end. A seasoned construction lawyer can ensure that all the contracts are in order and that details, such as mechanics’ liens, are resolved appropriately. In the event of a breach or a contract dispute, the attorney can manage negotiations to resolve the issues or, if necessary, litigate the matter in court.

Source: Miami Herald, “US home building rose slightly in March, led by apartments,” Christopher Rugaber, Apr. 17, 2018

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