DeSantis lets eviction, foreclosure moratorium expire, points to CDC eviction relief

Reporter: Breana Ross Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Gov. Ron DeSantis says the eviction and mortgage foreclosure moratorium is expiring in Florida, so we looked at options available to help.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently put in place an order that provides federal eviction relief, but there are a lot of hoops to jump through.

Renters must submit a valid reason to their landlord regarding their inability to pay rent.

The CDC says its order does not stop the landlord from charging late fees and interest on unpaid rent. The order also only applies to tenants earning less than $99,000 a year.

The CDC order is receiving push back, and National Apartment Association joined a lawsuit against the federal health agency over its rule.

A woman who has struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic believes the governor should have extended the state moratorium another month.

“A lot of people have not gone back to work or found jobs. Maybe about another month or two, maybe extend it,” said Cynthia Cox in Fort Myers. “Could make the crime rate go up, and homelessness is already going up.”

The CDC order expires Dec. 31.

Under the order, each adult on the lease must provide a statement.

It’s important to understand that statement is sworn testimony.

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