Flood of Eviction Filings Expected in Florida

August 12, 2020

The relief felt by tenants when Gov. Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s eviction moratorium another month to Sept. 1 may be short-lived because changes to the order’s phrasing explicitly allow eviction filings to resume and for some residents to be kicked out.

The original statewide moratorium that’s been in place since April was much more vague, suspending “any statute providing for an eviction cause of action.”

Some housing advocates interpreted that as meaning landlords weren’t allowed to start filing, but many did anyway. In fact, while the moratorium’s been in place, about 400 commercial and residential evictions have been filed in Orange County alone.

The recent extension, however, specifically suspends just the “final action at the conclusion of an eviction proceeding” and solely for tenants who have been “adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency.”

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