Real estate evictions and foreclosures would be delayed by at least another month in Florida, as Governor Ron DeSantis extended the moratorium on these actions. This is part of the ongoing effort by the state to assist residents as economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Renters and mortgage holders get temporary relief
The executive order was set to expire on Tuesday, September 1st, but the measure had been extended to the first day of October. The new expiration time will be exactly 12:01 am on October 1, 2020.
The order had initially been put in place to ensure that residents in the state who had been economically affected by the pandemic or forced out of work would not suddenly find themselves without a place to stay. Florida workers had experienced a large number of furloughs and layoffs in the prior six months. Governor DeSantis had hinted days earlier while in Fort Lauderdale that the extension would be coming.
Under these temporary rules, landlords and lenders can still start the process for an eviction or foreclosure, but the final step which includes removal from the property cannot be completed. Residents are also somewhat restricted, as they only qualify for protection if they have been economically affected because of the pandemic. The order also does not allow those affected to stop making mortgage or rent payments as they become due. Only renters are single family homeowners will be able to take advantage of these protections, which excludes investment properties.
Evictions may still be a large problem after these temporary measures end. In Duval County alone, which includes the city of Jacksonville, there were approximately 800 eviction orders filed in the local courts in the prior month. Landlords across the state have expressed concern that the order does not address the underlying economic problems and is causing additional problems.
Various legal issues tied to real estate
Real estate transactions are a common source of litigation. Attorneys who work in this field have to assist their clients with everything from condominium association regulations, to closing on a property, to defending a tenant who is about to be evicted by a landlord. Commercial clients may even have to consult with a lawyer for complex regulations related to land use and development. In any of these situations, it is imperative to have an experienced lawyer review all of the documentation related to the issue and watch for any potential problems.
Find out if you need legal help with a real estate transaction
You can speak with a real estate attorney in Fort Walton Beach before a real estate closing, sale, foreclosure, or other important property law event. Talk to a professional at:
909 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 1014
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547-6711