UPDATED 11:27 AM PT – Saturday, August 22, 2020
An eviction moratorium in Florida will soon come to an end, leaving several thousand renters at risk of losing their homes. According to reports, 800,000 renters in the southeastern state could face eviction in the coming weeks.
The CARES Act, which aimed to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic, expired on July 31st. Some states have extended protections in their own jurisdictions.
Florida’s moratorium, however, is set to expire on September 1st, once again leaving renters uncertain of their future as they grapple with the pandemic’s effect on the economy.
“Even before the pandemic, many of them were about one paycheck away from not being able to pay for shelter. With the pandemic and the loss of income, that just pushes them over the edge. They have to make decisions between, for example, paying the rent or paying for food.” – Paul Wang, resident
A number of landlords have allegedly been trying to evict renters who have missed payments by cutting off access to basic amenities.