On April 2, 2020, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-94 placing a moratorium on foreclosures and residential evictions relating to the non-payment of rent. The purpose of the moratorium was to provide temporary relief to Floridians who experienced hardships due to COVID-19.
This summer, Governor De Santis narrowed the moratorium to cover only renters and mortgage holders impacted by COVID-19 and allowed a statewide moratorium on mortgage and rent evictions to be extended under certain circumstances.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a nationwide eviction ban on September 4 to keep the virus contained.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide eviction ban required renters to fill out a document stating they had been affected by the pandemic and faced homelessness by presenting it to the landlord. The CDC ban did not cover mortgage foreclosures.
Housing advocates were worried that the federal ban would not apply in Florida, because of the moratorium in place. Housing advocates recognized that landlords who depend on rent payments to make ends meet are also victims of the health crisis. Individual Floridians own nearly half of all Florida rental property. A National group representing landlords has challenged the ban in federal court alleging congress would be the one to give the CDC the authority to impose such a ban.
Landlords can file eviction actions in court, but many evictions will have stayed until the moratorium is lifted. The moratorium just postpones the inevitable and, in the end, all unpaid rents dating back to when the moratorium was put in place will be due and payable to the landlord..
This is an overview and should not be relied on to address your own personal situation. If you have questions concerning your own personal rights and obligations, please consult your attorney.
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