Advice For Florida Renters & Homeowners (Updated 7/12/2021)

Read below for advice that every Florida renter and homeowner should know during COVID19. This guide has been updated on July 12, 2021.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:

FEDERAL HALT ON EVICTIONS:

  • Read more here. Click here for CDC Declaration Form.
  • On February 26th, a Texas federal district court judge ruled the CDC Order to be unconstitutional. But that ruling applies only to landlords that were plaintiffs in case and the Department of Justice does plan to appeal.
  • The federal eviction order protects any tenant or resident of a residential property in the U.S. who meets five factors and provides their landlord with a declaration indicating such.
  • Those five factors are: (1) You have used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing; (2) You expect to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return); OR you were not required to report any income in 2019 to the IRS; OR you received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check); (3) You are unable to pay full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, lay-offs, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; (4) You are trying to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as your circumstances may permit; (5) Eviction would likely make you homeless or force you to move into a homeless shelter or into a new residence shared by other people who live in close quarters.
  • The tenant must indicate in the declaration that they have used all their best efforts to obtain available government assistance for rent or housing. PLEASE READ MORE HERE.

DECLARATION FORM FOR THE FEDERAL EVICTION MORATORIUM:

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FACE AN EVICTION OR FORECLOSURE?:

  • Also consider contacting a local Legal Aid organization. If you do not qualify, still contact a local Legal Aid organization to see what options you may have.
  • Most homeowners can temporarily pause or reduce their mortgage payments if they’re struggling financially. Click here to read more.
  • Click here to read more about what people with federally backed mortgages can do.
Rep. Eskamani Hosts a Virtual Workshop on the Federal Eviction Order with the Orange County Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar.

Watch our Virtual Town Hall on the Federal Eviction Order at this link.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:

Click here to learn more.

Visit https://florida.evictionprotection.org to learn more about your renter rights.
Remember: Your landlord (or bank) is not allowed to physically remove you from possession of the property without a court order. Your landlord should also NOT interfere with utilities, change the locks, etc.

COMMUNICATE TO YOUR LANDLORD:

SEEK LEGAL SUPPORT:

https://clsmf.org

https://legalaidocba.org

http://floridalegal.org

You can also call Florida Bar lawyer referral at (800) 342- 8011 or locally to the Orange County Bar association lawyer referral at (407) 422–4551 for lease issues.

HOMELESS AND/OR PRECARIOUSLY HOUSED

Homeless

Precariously Housed (Living in Hotel or Motel)

If you are a Floridian who lives in one of our motels or hotels facing eviction, please visit this link to know your rights and seek pro-bono legal support.

DETAILS OF AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN:

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