DeSantis extends eviction and foreclosure moratorium until Sept. 1
Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel
By David Harris and Mark Skoneki
Published August 4, 2020
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t wait until the final hours to extend the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures this time around.
The governor on Wednesday night extended his executive order until Sept. 1 in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic that has wreaked havoc on the economy, two days before it would have expired.Last month, the governor waited until four hours before it was set to expire before extending it.
Without the moratorium, thousands of Floridians could have become homeless in days because landlords have been filing paperwork in court to evict non-paying tenants once the ban ends.
Advocates for low-wage tourism workers and others have been calling for the governor to extend the moratorium to prevent an avalanche of homelessness in Florida. State Rep. Ana Eskamani, D-Orlando, in at tweet called the extension a “necessary step to protect thousands of Floridians from homelessness but we need a plan to ensure housing security for all during & after COVID19 pandemic. Living life month by month is not sustainable & we’ve outlined proposals to the (governor) already that he’s thus far ignored.”
As was the case last month, the governor issued the executive order without comment. On June 30, DeSantis ignored a question about the issue at a news conference in the daytime only to send out the order via email hours that night.
The governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.
The rent and foreclosure crisis is especially acute in Florida.
More than a third of adults in the state reported that they missed June’s rent or mortgage payment, or said they won’t be able to pay July’s, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey.