What Impact Does The Expiration Of The Eviction Moratorium Have On Floridians Delinquent On Their Rent?

October 11, 2021 Bankruptcy

The pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has brought about many changes for the world we live in and negatively impacted the ability of many people to continue earning enough money to pay their rent. However, now that the moratorium is expiring, many of those same people will face eviction. 

What Is The Eviction Moratorium?

The eviction moratorium was issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on September 4, 2020, in response to the financial hardships being experienced by many people in our nation. The purpose of the moratorium was to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, in reality, it also served the dual purpose of assisting many homeowners to stay in their homes after they lost all or part of their income due to the pandemic. The moratorium applied to any residential rental that fell under Florida’s Landlord-Tenant Laws, including houses, mobile homes, and long-term motel stays. The moratorium was not automatic, and anyone wishing to exercise the rights it afforded was required to sign a Declaration Form.

What Does It Mean That The Moratorium Has Expired?

The Biden administration attempted to extend the Eviction Moratorium further, but on August 26, 2021, it was blocked by the United States Supreme Court, leaving no moratorium in place. This means that if a person was shielded from eviction due to the terms and protection offered by the moratorium, their landlord may now be able to proceed against them with eviction procedures. Renter’s rights are the same as they were before the moratorium was issued, and landlords must adhere to the eviction standards established under the Florida Landlord Tenant Act.

What Options Are Available To Me If I Am Still Unable To Pay My Rent?

If you are a renter who exercised your rights under the eviction moratorium, and you no longer have that protection but are still unable to afford your rent, there are other options available to you. 

  • Talk To Your Landlord: It is always a good idea to keep an open line of communication with your landlord, so they will know where you are in your ability to pay your rent. Now that the moratorium has ended, you may be able to negotiate a way to move forward that works for you and your landlord. It is at least worth the effort to try.
  • Apply For Rental Assistance: Although the eviction moratorium has ended, there are other programs available to persons unable to afford their rent. These programs may be federal, state, local, or offered through a non-profit.
  • File For Bankruptcy: Filing for bankruptcy is an option that allows you a fresh start. According to your particular circumstances, this may be your best option to move forward.

Who Can I Speak With Regarding My Options?

At Martin Law Firm, P.L., our attorneys are well-versed in the options available to Floridians that are unable to meet their financial obligations, including bankruptcy. To discuss the best way to proceed in your particular situation, contact our firm by calling 1-239-323-9820 or via our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you.