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Author: Gary M. Schaaf

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Perpetual Leases

Q: If my tenant’s lease contains an automatic renewal clause, does that mean I’m trapped in my lease forever? A: Probably not, but it depends on how the lease is worded. A landlord client came to me with a problem. He was stuck in a lease with...

Unlicensed Practice of Law

Q:  As a realtor, how do I know what I’m allowed to do myself, and what I need to hire an attorney to do? A: Real estate professionals often have questions about what might constitute the unlicensed practice of law – commonly known as UPL –...

Pre-Judgment and Post-Judgment Interest

Q: If I have to sue to get my commission paid, do I get interest on the unpaid amount? A: The Florida Statutes provide that the plaintiff in a lawsuit is entitled to judgment on the amounts being sued for, both after and potentially before a...

Liquidated Damages and Your Listing Agreement

Q: Will the courts enforce the liquidated damages provision in my listing agreement? A: That depends on a few things. A liquidated damages provision in a listing agreement sets forth the amount of money both parties agree will be paid to the broker in the event that...