Federal Eviction Protection Has Been Extended Through January 31, 2021
To put it mildly, tenants in Florida have had a difficult time in2020. Many have been affected by the financial effects of the coronavirus. Unemployment, furloughs, and pay cuts have been felt across the nation. Some tenants have been protected from eviction by emergency rules and legislation throughout 2020, but these rules have been unevenly enforced and provide different levels of protection.
They have also been difficult to follow – after Florida’s initial eviction moratorium was extended, the governor let it lapse, reasoning that a rule imposed by the CDC would adequately protect Florida families from eviction. In spite of this rule, at least one Florida judge has simply ruled it unconstitutional and allowed evictions to proceed against tenants who otherwise qualified for protection under the rule. This legal chaos has left many Florida tenants without a home – or vulnerable to underhanded tactics used by landlords who want to try to force them out unlawfully.
In spite of these troubles, the federal government is working to protect Americans from being evicted as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on into2021. CNBC reports that the second stimulus package – signed into law on December 27, 2020 – includes an extension of eviction protections until January 31, 2021. This helps resolve some of the confusion over which rules apply. Now, instead of conflicting state laws, local bans, and federal agency rules, there is a single federal law with the force of Congressional lawmaking authority behind it. This can help tenants avoid evictions in 2021.
It is, however, important for tenants to act quickly. The sooner you seek legal advice, the better options you will have for staying in your home, and the less vulnerable you will be to the forceful tactics some Florida landlords are resorting to during these difficult times.
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