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Don’t Wait for a Foreclosure Action to Call an Attorney

Don’t Wait for a Foreclosure Action to Call an Attorney

Foreclosure defense
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis have caused financial stress for many households, and many homeowners have fallen behind on their mortgage payments. If you know you do not have the money to catch up on payments, you might be tempted to ignore the problem. When you receive notice of default or a foreclosure action being filed, you might then decide to contact an Oviedo and Casselberry foreclosure attorney. However, it is important to know that you do not have to wait until the foreclosure is in process to call an attorney. The right lawyer can help in many ways before your lender initiates your foreclosure case. Finding Other Solutions There are many solutions that might avoid a foreclosure case altogether. First, you might…
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Tenant Bill of Rights Considered in Hillsborough County

Tenant Bill of Rights Considered in Hillsborough County

Landlord/Tenant
The coronavirus pandemic exposed many problems in the American housing market. Herein Florida, a lack of affordable housing has been created over years of rising home prices that have not been offset by higher wages. This has created a widespread problem of housing instability for many Florida families. When the pandemic hit, it took special legal protections and extensive financial programs to prevent thousands of families from losing their homes. The United States economy is slowly recovering from the prolonged impact of theCOVID-19 crisis. But local governments are now considering the long-term changes that need to occur in the Florida housing market. The Tampa Bay Times reports that a Hillsborough County commissioner has proposed a renters’ bill of rights. This would enact legal protections for tenants to help ensure their legal…
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Orange County Switches From Eviction Diversion to Emergency Rental Assistance in March 2021

Orange County Switches From Eviction Diversion to Emergency Rental Assistance in March 2021

Landlord/Tenant
Orange County has provided more than $11 million in housing aid to local residents under its eviction diversion program. There are still many residents who are still in need of assistance, and the county has funds available to help Orange County tenants stay in their homes. But the program will be a little different starting in March 2021. It is important for residents to understand these changes, so they are able to access funds under the new program. Click Orlando reports that both the eviction diversion program and the emergency rental assistance programs have the goal of distributing federal funds to help ensure that local residents can stay in their homes. But there are some changes that make funds more available under the new program guidelines. Tenants need only be…
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Zoning Changes Could Create More Affordable Housing Units in Sarasota

Zoning Changes Could Create More Affordable Housing Units in Sarasota

Landlord/Tenant
For years, a housing crisis has been developing across the United States. Real estate has become more and more expensive at a time when wages have remained largely stagnant. This has created a growing gap in housing affordability. The lack of affordable housing has reached crisis proportions, and this problem became painfully apparent during the coronavirus pandemic. Serious federal relief was required to prevent hundreds of thousands of American families from experiencing homelessness. State and local housing authorities are exploring many creative solutions in order to address the affordable housing crisis. Here in Sarasota, one proposed solution would tackle the problem with zoning changes. Your Observer reports that the Sarasota City Commission is showing support for zoning changes that would allow homeowners to add small “accessory dwelling units” onto properties…
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How Rising Lumber Prices Could Make Florida Housing More Expensive

How Rising Lumber Prices Could Make Florida Housing More Expensive

Landlord/Tenant
In many parts of Florida, aggressive appreciation has driven up the cost of housing at all price points. This has occurred during a time when wages have remained mostly stagnant. The result is a lack of affordable housing, and this crisis has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Many workers have had hours cut or their jobs terminated entirely. These financial burdens have eased slightly as the nation’s economy slowly recovered from COVID-19. Unfortunately, there are still other factors that continue to drive up the cost of housing in Florida. WEAR reports that lumber prices “skyrocketed” more than 180 percent between the spring of 2020 and spring of2021. This has had a drastic impact on the cost of building a new home, which now costs an average of $24,000 more…
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Manatee County Opens Applications for 2021 Housing Assistance Program

Manatee County Opens Applications for 2021 Housing Assistance Program

Landlord/Tenant
All across Florida, local housing assistance programs are finally seeing the funds from the second coronavirus relief bill. Congress authorized billions of dollars for housing aid and eviction prevention in late 2020. Unfortunately, it has taken weeks for these funds to be distributed to state governments and allotted to the local programs that actually distribute this money to the residents that need it. But the funds are here, and local Florida tenants will finally get the help that is so desperately needed in these challenging times. According to My Sun Coast, Manatee County opened its online application system back on February 16th. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will pay funds directly to landlords. These funds can be applied toward rental payments or to utility payments that are made by a…
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Leon County Commissioners Take Action For 2021 Housing Relief

Leon County Commissioners Take Action For 2021 Housing Relief

Landlord/Tenant
Many Tallahassee families have waited for months to see the financial assistance that was authorized by Congress in late 2020. Now that the second round of federal stimulus funding has been distributed to the states, local programs will begin getting funds to the local tenants that need them. WTXL Tallahassee reports that Leon County commissioners have authorized $8.9 million for housing relief. This money should be available to residents starting in March 2021, and more than two thousand local families are expected to benefit from this sorely needed assistance. Funds under this Emergency Rental Assistance Program can be used for both past due rent and utility payments. The county intends to prioritize those families with lower income and those who have applied for unemployment benefits in the past ninety days. It…
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Jacksonville to See Nearly $29 Million in Housing Aid

Jacksonville to See Nearly $29 Million in Housing Aid

Landlord/Tenant
Both landlords and tenants are hurting from the financial effects of the coronavirus. Luckily, the second round of federal stimulus funding has provided over a billion dollars worth of funding for various Florida relief programs. Those funds are finally making their way to local housing programs right herein Jacksonville. According to the Florida Times-Union, Mayor Lenny Curry has announced that nearly $29 million of federal aid will be used to help Duval County residents pay for rent and utilities. The City Council must approve legislation that accepts the federal funding on conditions set by Congress. Once this is done, the county will partner with United Way and JEA to distribute funds and get rent and utility payments made for the families that need help. There are eligibility requirements for the…
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Financial Assistance for South Florida Housing is On the Way

Financial Assistance for South Florida Housing is On the Way

Landlord/Tenant
The CARES Act provided a huge amount of funding for local housing assistance programs across the country in 2020. Unfortunately, these funds had been largely depleted by the end of the year, and many Florida families have struggled to make rent payments in early 2021. The good news is that there is help on the way once again. Congress authorized a second stimulus bill that has already distributed millions of dollars to state and local governments. These funds are finally reaching local programs that are working hard to get help to families across Southern Florida. So what help is available - and when can residents expect relief? The South FloridaSun-Sentinel reports on the rollout of housing assistance programs across Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. On Valentine’s Day, the Sentinel reported…
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Dayton Beach Rental Assistance Program Offers Cash Bonuses to Landlords

Dayton Beach Rental Assistance Program Offers Cash Bonuses to Landlords

Landlord/Tenant
The second round of federal coronavirus aid has pumped some much-needed life into local housing programs. Many of these programs ran out of funds before the December 31, 2020 deadline that applied to the first round of federal funds. The second round of aid has now made it from the federal government to the state, and it is working its way into local housing programs that provide more direct aid to residents. These programs can help both tenants and landlords mitigate their financial losses and move forward from the devastating financial effects of 2020.  The Dayton BeachNews-Journal reports that the Dayton Beach Housing Authority has $600,000 in funding from the CARES Act set aside to assist low-income renters. While there are over a hundred local tenants who are interested in using these…
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