6 Commercial Investments That Tend to Get Overlooked

What crosses your mind when you hear the term “Commercial Real Estate”? Oftentimes we think of a high-rise office building, shopping mall, or even an old grocery store building. While these Continue reading “6 Commercial Investments That Tend to Get Overlooked”

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Annual Corporate Reports 2021 due soon!

Our team at Gulati Law is sending you this friendly reminder of the deadline to update your business’s Annual Corporate Report with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. If you have not filed yet, please prepare to do so soon.  Continue reading “DEADLINE APPROACHING: Annual Corporate Reports 2021 due soon!”

Hotel Guests, Tenants & Transient Occupants, Oh My!

Imagine this scenario, you are a hotel owner with a guest, that for one reason or another, isn’t exactly the ideal customer. Maybe you are finding that this guest habitually has one too many drinks at the lobby bar and proceeds to make other guests uncomfortable Continue reading “Hotel Guests, Tenants & Transient Occupants, Oh My!”

What a Cost Segregation Study Means for Your Hotel or Motel

Property Cost Allocation (aka “Cost Segregation”) is back with a vengeance, according to GMG Savings in a recent article.

A cost segregation study is an essential fiduciary component when building, purchasing, or renovating a hotel or motel. Hotel Continue reading “What a Cost Segregation Study Means for Your Hotel or Motel”

Florida Hotels Must Comply with New Human Trafficking Training Law  

State Inspectors have been visiting properties and issuing warnings to hotels that are not in compliance with Florida’s Human Trafficking Training Law

We want to inform you of Florida’s new human trafficking law that was implemented Jan. 1st, 2021. Hotel Continue reading “Florida Hotels Must Comply with New Human Trafficking Training Law  “

Conforming to an ADA-Compliant Property

2021 has already seen a flurry of serial filers continuing to file lawsuits and send demand letters alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (hereinafter “ADA”). The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in Continue reading “Conforming to an ADA-Compliant Property”

Study: Retailers, Commercial Real Estate Companies Optimistic About Strong Recovery in 2021

Close to 88% of shopping centers are being used to fulfill online orders, and 99% of retail respondents reported their stores fulfilled online orders to some degree.

Nearly 60% of commercial real estate Continue reading “Study: Retailers, Commercial Real Estate Companies Optimistic About Strong Recovery in 2021”

Seven Ways 1031 Exchanges Can Help Strengthen Businesses

1031 Exchange transactions can help business owners leverage valuable cash to finance critical growth strategies.

At least once a week I get asked:   What are the benefits of doing a Section 1031 Exchange?  I normally give the usual answer:  Deferral of Taxes resulting in more funds to spend on possible Continue reading “Seven Ways 1031 Exchanges Can Help Strengthen Businesses”

Broward County’s New Recording Procedures

journalsBroward County, Florida, has released a recent update on their new record keeping procedures. Effective January 1, 2015, Broward County will no longer assign Book and Page numbers to the documents being recorded. The new record keeping procedures will be done through an “Instrument Number” which is how the documents will be found if searched in their database. They do make an exception for large format documents. See Broward County’s Memo for further information.

Source: RTT Instrument Number Memo

ATTENTION: NEW FLORIDA SMALL BUSINESSES- BEWARE OF SCAMS!


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A Florida company based out of Tallahassee, Florida, has been attempting to convince new business owners who have recently formed a new corporation or LLC, to send money by exaggerating to be involved in a vital step in the business formation process. This “company” has gone by other aliases such as the “Florida Center of Corporation,” and now currently operates under “United Business Services”

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In the letter it states: “You have one step left to receive your Florida Certificate of Status”, they are instructed to complete their filing by filling out a stub and to “mail back to the corporations center with your payment of $47.00 (some recent mailings have said $47.99 or a similar amount) to complete your articles of organization certificate.” We urge caution because the correspondence is made deceptively like it is coming from a government agency. And note in the image here, that in very fine print, it states that “This is not a government agency.”

 

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We classify this as an inappropriate deception of the Florida Department of State services because the only service United Business Services is providing is to obtain a Certificate of Status (or good standing) from the Secretary of State of Florida.  The state only charges either $8.75 (for an INC) or $5 (for an LLC) for this.  Furthermore, when we checked the address for the company, it came up as an empty office space which is available for rent. The company came up in no searches affiliated with that address, or any other.

 

If you have any questions as to the legitimacy of these letters, do not hesitate to contact your Florida Business Law Attorney as soon as possible.

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