COVID-related evictions and foreclosures remain suspended under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order issued Wednesday. The new order extends the previous suspension, which was set to expire Saturday, through 12:01 a.m. Sept. 1.
The new order also represents a departure from earlier moratoriums. Rather than the previous blanket orders that applied to all borrowers and renters, in a nod to hard-pressed landlords and lenders whose bills haven’t gone away, now only those who can demonstrate they have been negatively affected by the pandemic (loss of job or income reduction) are covered.
Additionally, the moratorium on foreclosures extends only to single-family homes. Previous orders made no distinctions.
Furthermore, once an individual is no longer being harmed financially, late payments will come due.
In a statement, DeSantis press secretary Cody McCloud encouraged patience and cooperation as things are sorted out: "“Every situation is different, therefore judges should work with both landlords and tenants on an individual case basis to determine if a tenant’s inability to pay rent is a result of COVID-19.”