Advice For Florida Renters & Homeowners (Updated 11/1/2021)

Read below for advice that every Florida renter and homeowner should know during COVID19. This guide has been updated on November 1, 2021.

CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED BUT ENDED BY COURT DECISION AND NO LONGER IN PLACE TODAY.

  • CDC is issuing a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission in order to respond to recent, unexpected developments in the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rise of the Delta variant.
  • However, on August 26, 2021 the Supreme Court of the United States blocked the Biden administration’s Covid-related eviction moratorium.
  • So now, there is no moratorium in place. Learn your rights when faced with an eviction here: http://communityjusticeproject.com/eviction

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:

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

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:

It is SO important that you know your rights as a tenant. Despite no state or federal moratorium, there are still some federal protections for renters (and homeowners) provided under the CARES Act.

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:

Always express to your landlord the efforts you are making to pay rent. Explain to them the broken unemployment system, and the delay in receiving rental assistance. Ask if they sought forbearance from their mortgage, and/or see if a payment plan can be crafted. Also confirm if the mortgage is federally-backed, or if the apartment was constructed via low-income housing tax credits. Sometimes that can offer additional protections.

SEEK LEGAL SUPPORT:

If you are facing an eviction or foreclosure, please seek leal support. Below are pro-bono options.

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

Many Central Floridians live in hotels or find themselves homeless. Here are a list of resources to consider if you and/or your family are in this situation.

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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