Construction Disputes

Experienced Counseling on All Types of Construction Law Matters

Construction is booming in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding South Florida communities. However, disputes that arise during a construction project can delay completion, affect your liquidity, tarnish your business’s reputation and increase costs. 

The Law Office of Geoffrey D. Ittleman, P.A. represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, materialmen, suppliers and others in the construction field on matters concerning both residential and commercial construction projects. Our legal team works to effectively resolve your disputes over breach of contract, construction liens, fraud and malpractice. Our team remains mindful of the costs of litigation and the time required to get your project back on track.

Contract Disputes

Contracts are the foundation of all construction projects. Every project involves numerous agreements with architects, engineers, electricians, plumbers, suppliers and various tradesmen. One party who breaches a contract can jeopardize the whole project. Our attorneys hold the parties to the agreement and pursue available remedies, which might include injunctive relief, specific performance and monetary damages.

If you have good reason to break a contract, we consider such defenses as force majeure, unenforceability of terms, statutory prohibitions and the other party’s nonperformance.

Construction Liens

Construction liens attach to the property to guarantee payment for your work and materials. The lien is released once the debtor pays what is owed to you. If the debtor sells the property, the lien must be paid before the deed is transferred.

Most construction projects include subcontractors that work under the contractors, which can complicate payment for labor and materials. Florida law requires subcontractors to give notice of liens to prevent property owners from paying twice for the same services and items, while also protecting the rights of the businesses and workers engaged in the project.

Construction Defects

Construction defects diminish not only the value of the building, but also the safety, health and enjoyment of its occupants. Often the problems are hidden until inclement weather, a hurricane or time erodes the integrity of the property. Common defects include:

  • Uneven grade or deterioration of the ground
  • Building on sinkholes or other volatile land
  • Foundation or concrete cracks
  • Structural problems
  • Use of inferior materials
  • Roof and window leaks
  • Moisture retention and mold spurs
  • Electrical, mechanical and plumbing
  • Failure to build to hurricane standards

Homeowners and commercial property owners may have relief available for construction defects they discover during or after construction.

Fraud and Malpractice

Although many construction issues arise from incompetence or negligence, serious defects may rise to the level of fraud if the contractor took steps to hide the problem or knowingly used lower quality materials than what was ordered. You may have rights to additional remedies by proving the actions were fraudulent.

You also may commence a malpractice claim against a building professional, such as an engineer, architect, real estate broker or insurance company that did not uphold the proper standard of practice.

Protect the Integrity of Your Building Project

The Law Office of Geoffrey D. Ittleman, P.A. represents residential and commercial real property owners and contractors, suppliers, other building professionals and businesses in construction disputes. Call our Fort Lauderdale firm at (954) 462-8340 to schedule a free evaluation of your construction-related claim.