Florida’s Stay on Evictions Doesn’t Mean Renters Won’t Lose Their Homes

April 23, 2020

Florida’s 45-day stay on evictions and mortgage foreclosures was intended to prevent people from becoming homeless, but housing advocates are warning that the state has not done enough to protect renters and could see an onslaught of evictions when the stay expires around May 17.

More than 120 notices of non-payment of rent have been filed in Hillsborough County since DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order, said Tom DiFiore, team leader of the housing unit at Bay Area Legal Services. 

Courts are not issuing writs of possession, the final step in an eviction, but tenants are being served with notices, DiFiore said. 

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