Homeowners facing foreclosure and renters facing eviction may not be removed until Sept. 1 after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a third moratorium extension last evening.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday night extended the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until Sept. 1 in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic which has wreaked havoc on the economy.
Eviction-Foreclosure Moratorium Extended
The ban, which had been initially signed in April, was going to expire Aug. 1, but DeSantis extended it for the third time in as many months. Last month, the governor waited until four hours before it was set to expire before extending it.
If it had not been extended, thousands of Floridians could possibly have become homeless in days because landlords have been filing paperwork in court to evict non-paying tenants as soon as the ban ended.
Advocates for low-wage tourism workers and others have been calling for the governor to extend the moratorium in order to avoid an avalanche of homelessness in Florida.
State Rep. Ana Eskamani, D-Orlando, tweeted the news late Wednesday: “BREAKING – Eviction and foreclosure moratorium has been extended for another month.”
As was the case last month, the governor issued the executive order extending the order without comment. On June 30, DeSantis dodged a question with regards to the issue at a news conference earlier in the day only to send out the order via email hours later that night.
Florida’s jobless rate fell to 10.4% in June, but tourism-dependent Orlando, where coronavirus infections and deaths are rising, remains the worst region in the state at 16.5%.
Over a third of adults in Florida reported that they missed June’s rent or mortgage payment, or said they won’t have the ability to pay July’s, in accordance with the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey.
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