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Federal Tax Benefits for Historical Property Owners

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program was instituted to enlist the help of owners in the preservation of their privately owned income-producing historic property.

A CONTRACTOR'S LIABILITY FOR VIOLATIONS OF BUILDING CODES & ZONING LAWS

A contractor is required to comply with all applicable building codes, building permit regulations, and zoning laws when he or she engages in a construction project. If the contractor fails to comply with the building codes or the zoning laws, the contractor's building permit or business license could be revoked. In addition, criminal or quasi-criminal proceedings could be instituted against the contractor, an action for an injunction could be filed against the contractor, or an owner's building or existing structures could be demolished.

FRAUD AND MISREPRESENTATION IN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

Parties to a construction contract may be entitled to a cause of action for fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. The basis for this type of action is a party's reliance upon factual representations that are made by one of the parties to the contract.

Homeland Security and Construction Contracts

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), by reason of its status as an executive agency, is subject to the government contract procurement provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (CICA) that mandates full and open competition. However, the DHS has been given certain contracting authority outside the CICA for altering the usual procedures for procuring executive agency contracts.

Negotiation of Private Construction Contract

The competitive bidding process is not the only means by which construction contracts can be entered into. Sometimes, it is not a matter of choosing which contractor will perform the construction, but rather merely the particulars surrounding a project that will be performed by an already designated contractor. The negotiation of a private construction contract encompasses everything from what work will be performed at what price to when the construction will begin and end.