Construction Recovery Fund

You have certain rights under Florida law if you have suffered damages caused by the financial mismanagement of a licensed contractor or construction company with whom you have signed a construction contract.

You may be eligible for reimbursement if you have suffered monetary loss due to certain acts (described below) by the contractor, financially responsible officer, or business organization licensed under Chapter 489, Part I, s. 489.105(3) Florida Statutes. See Internet website: Statutes (Title XXXII) for current Florida Statues.

Who Is Eligible?

In order to seek compensation from the Construction
Industry Recovery Fund, you must have:

  1. Entered into a signed written contract with a licensed
    contractor for work on your home. For Division 2
    contractors, the contract must be entered on or after
    July 1, 2016;

  2. Received a final judgment or order of restitution
    against the contractor, financially responsible officer
    or business organization; and

  3. Suffered a financial loss due to the contractor
    violating Florida Statue 489.129(1):

    • g) Committing mismanagement or misconduct in
      the practice of contracting that causes financial
      harm to a customer (see statute for

    • j) Abandoning a construction project for more
      than 90 days; or

    • k) Signing a false statement claiming that the
      work is bonded, that all payments to
      subcontractors have been made, or claiming to
      have provided certain worker's compensation
      and insurance protection.

Florida laws provide specific definitions for determining whether a contractor's actions may constitute one of these violations. See §489.129(1) (g),(j),(k), Florida Statues.

Filing a complaint with the department against a contractor is not the same as filing a claim against the fund. If you file a complaint against a contractor with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Regulation, you will also need to file a claim form with the Construction Industry Licensing Board in order to recover.

To request a claim form or to receive more information about the Recovery fund, write, call, or click below:

Construction Industry Licensing Board
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2215
Phone 850.487.1395
Printable claim form

If you have questions, or if you want to file a complaint with the Departments Division of Regulation against the contractor, the financially responsible officer and/or the

business organization, please write to the Complaints Section, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0782, or call 850.488.6602.

Conditions for Recovery

The fund is a last resort. Before you can receive any money from the fund, you must have obtained a final judgment from a Florida civil or criminal court or a restitution order from the CILB or an award in arbitration, which is based on the types of violations of law already mentioned. Both the violation of law and the signing of the construction contract must have occurred on or after July 1, 1993; you must show that you have made every effort to determine if there are any assets from which you can recover all or part of the money you are owed and if so, you must try to recover before you can collect any money from the Recovery Fund. Claims must be filed within 1 year from the conclusion of any civil or administrative action based on the act.

Payments from the Fund

The Fund does not pay post-judgment interest, punitive damages, or attorney fees. The Fund only pays what you have not yet collected for actual or compensatory damages. The Fund has a maximum cap based on the contractor’s Division. Claims against a Division 1 contractor have a maximum of $50,000 per claim, or $500,000.00 per contractor. For claims against a Division 2 contractor, the caps are $15,000 per claim and $150,000, per contractor.

Conditions for Ineligibility

A person is NOT qualified to make a claim for recovery from the fund, if:

  1. The contract was executed and the violation occurred
    before July 1, 1993;

  2. The Claimant is the spouse of the judgment debtor or a
    personal representative of such spouse;

  3. The Claimant is a certificate holder or registrant who
    acted as the contractor in the transaction which is
    the subject of the claim;

  4. Such person’s claim is based upon a construction
    contract in which the certificate holder or registrant
    was acting with respect to the property owned or
    controlled by the certificate holder or registrant;

  5. Such person’s claim is based upon a construction
    contract in which the contractor did not hold a
    valid and current state license at the time of the
    construction contract, or

  6. Such person was associated in a business relationship
    with the certificate holder or registrant other than
    the contract at issue;

For claims against Division 2 contractors, the contract must be entered on or after July 1, 2016. Claims based on Division 2 contracts cannot be awarded prior to January 1, 2017. Division 2 contractors include: sheet metal, roofing, air conditioning, mechanical, pool, plumbing, underground utility, solar contractors, and specialty contractors.

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