Landlords Can Evict Tenants During COVID-19 For Reasons Other Than Nonpayment of Rent
The eviction moratorium has created financial hardships for many Florida landlords during a global pandemic. There is also a lot of confusion about what is and is not allowed under the current coronavirus eviction ban. Landlords should work with an experienced Florida eviction attorney to be sure they understand their legal rights and do not bear unnecessary financial hardships during this difficult time.
What the Rule Prevents – And What It Does Not
A tenant is eligible for eviction relief under the CDC rule if:
- 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 means that landlords can still evict tenants for other breaches of the lease that are not related to the non-payment of rent. Perhaps your tenant has damaged your property or let unauthorized guests stay on the property for an extended period of time. Maybe there is an unauthorized pet on the property. If you have evidence of a violation of one of the terms of your written lease agreement (other than payment of rent), it might be possible to evict your tenant, even with the current eviction ban in place.
Experienced Florida Eviction Attorneys to Protect Your Legal Rights, Financial Interests, and Property Rights
An experienced Casselberry and Oviedo eviction attorney at Quattrochi and Torres have helped many Florida landlords protect their legal rights. We can help you navigate the challenges of coronavirus, too. Call 407.452.4918 for your free consultation with an experienced Florida eviction attorney. The sooner you have an experienced attorney on your side, the better protected your legal rights will be.