February, 2017

Florida Sales Tax on Transient Rentals

February 17th, 2017

Posted in Business Law,IRS & Tax Information

Transient rentals are a thriving business in Florida, and one which many Florida real estate owners may utilize in an attempt to supplement their income.  Generally speaking, a transient rental is one that lasts for less than six (6) months.  What many property owners do not know is that transient rentals are subject to Florida sales tax.  Florida law requires that property owners charge to, and collect from, each transient guest an additional six percent (6%).
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Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations Should Carefully Review Insurance Policies to Ensure Coverage for Disability Discrimination Claims

February 3rd, 2017

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

Generally, condominium and homeowners’ associations have obligations under state and federal laws to not discriminate against persons with disabilities.  Many forms of discrimination are intuitive, but others are not.  Under the Fair Housing Acts (both federal and state), discrimination includes the failure to permit reasonable modifications of existing premises, at the expense of the person requesting the modification, as may be necessary to afford a handicapped person full enjoyment of the premises.  Discrimination also includes the refusal to make reasonable accommodations in the “rules, policies, practices, or services” when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a handicapped person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. 
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