Florida Has Second-Highest Risk of Evictions of All Fifty States
Across the country, Americans are struggling to deal with the financial consequences of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has hit Florida particularly hard – WJCT reports on a study that found 15.6percent of Florida’s renting households will be at risk of eviction by February2021. This compares to an average national rate of 8.4 percent nationwide. The only state with a higher percentage of potential evictions was South Carolina at 21.1 percent. These statistics indicate that an eviction crisis is coming to Florida in 2021.
What Renters Can Do Now to Protect Their Families
While the situation can feel hopeless to renters who have been struggling for a year now, there are still ways to protect your family from eviction in 2021. Many states and counties across Florida still have housing funds available in financial assistance programs funded by the CARES Act. Tenants can negotiate with landlords to work out payment plans that do not require all back rent to be paid at once on January 1, 2021. Legal aid and financial assistance are available, but renters must act now.
The sooner renters take action, the better options they will have for avoiding eviction. Early applicants have better access to funds in housing programs. The sooner you contact your landlord, the less you will be behind on payments to your landlord, and the more willing he or she is likely to be to work out a payment plan.
Consult with Eviction Attorneys in Florida Who Can Help
The experienced Casselberry and Oviedo eviction lawyers at Quattrocchi and Torres can help you explore all options for staying in your home. Contact us online or call 407.452.4918 to schedule your free consultation. Don’t delay – you have tenants’ rights that must be protected. Your family will have better protection from eviction (and the coronavirus) if you act now.