How Long Will the Florida Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium Last?
The coronavirus has left few families in Florida unaffected. For many, the governor’s ban on evictions was a lifeline to help ensure they had a roof over their heads and a place to shelter from the deadly virus. Unfortunately, that order expired on October 1, and the governor has so far declined to renew it or order another ban in its place. Luckily there are still legal protections for Florida families facing eviction.
The CDC Order
According to News 4 Jax, the Centers for Disease Control has issued its own order to prevent evictions. The CDC order prevents a landlord from evicting a tenant if all of these conditions are met:
- The tenant has tried to get government assistance,
- the tenant earns less than $99,000 per year, and
- the tenant is unable to pay full rent or make a full housing payment because of loss of household income, loss of compensable hours, a lay off, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses.
This federal order is set to expire on December 31, 2020.
It is difficult – if not impossible – to predict what 2021 will bring. The coronavirus is one of the most unpredictable events of our lifetimes. But what is clear is that local, state, and federal government officials are working to protect Florida residents from the dangers of the coronavirus. If the virus is still rampant in 2021, there are many steps that could be taken. The governor could reinstate the ban on evictions. The CDC or other federal agencies could ban evictions for public safety reasons. There are many possibilities, but what is important is that Florida tenants who have been affected by the coronavirus know their legal rights.
Experienced Florida Eviction Lawyers for Coronavirus Issues
At Quattrocchi and Torres, we have helped many clients throughout Florida understand their rights in eviction proceedings. Call 407.452.4918 or contact us online for your free consultation with an experienced Florida eviction attorney.