Gov. DeSantis allows eviction and foreclosure moratorium to expire

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The stay-on-evictions was first enacted in April.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday allowed the state’s stay-on-eviction order to expire.

The order was first signed in April and was intended to suspend evictions and foreclosures against those economically-impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, however, only COVID-19 impacted renters are protected through a CDC stay-on-eviction order directd by the Trump administration.

The CDC’s order, notably, does not protect homeowners from foreclosure.

“Today, Governor DeSantis permitted Executive Order 20-211 to expire,” the order says. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently enacted a nationwide residential evictions Order that provides federal eviction relief to persons who submit a valid declaration to their landlord regarding their inability to pay rent.”

Democrats and civil rights activists throughout the pandemic pushed aggressively for DeSantis to extend the moratorium throughout the year.

However, the Governor’s Office  said it was allowed to expire to prevent confusion between the state and CDC order, which expires on Dec. 31.

“The State’s mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief was permitted to expire to avoid any confusion over whether the CDC’s evictions Order should apply in a particular circumstance,” the order says.

Earlier this month, the CDC stay-on-eviction order came under threat of lawsuit.

The National Civil Liberties Alliance filed a complaint against it and requested a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The lawsuit challenges the CDC’s authority to impose the “Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19” order, which claims blocking residential evictions will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The lawsuit argues that Congress, not the CDC, has the constitutional right to make laws.

The decision to default to the CDC order upset many Democratic lawmakers including Rep. Anna Eskamani of Orlando, who took note of the order’s uncertainty.

“This is so dangerous,” she tweeted. “Federal order is being challenged in court, & if it’s overturned Floridians will have NO protections from evictions. Now we have NO protections on foreclosures either. Floridians need more housing security — not less.”

Notably, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. Roughly two-thirds of the planned layoffs involved part-time workers but salaried employees and  hourly workers were also affected.

DeSantis on Wednesday also announced that county and city government boards will be allowed one more month of online meetings before in-person meetings must resume.

The Governor’s decisions comes after he pushed the state into Phase 3 of his COVID-19 recovery plan.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JasonDelgadoFL.


8 comments

  • S B ANTHONY

    September 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    This is to fool people into believing that there’s no virus danger anymore and to force them back to work. All to try to get the fake president elected again. There will be a terrible spike in sickness and deaths because of this governor and this “president.”

  • James Robert Miles

    September 30, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Just more of the same money is more important than people from the Trump butt-kisser DeSatan and his master, America’s raging idiot dictator wanna-be! VOTE THEM OUT, LOCK TRUMP UP! Save America from fascism!

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 1, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Duffus Desantis is hell bent on abusing and using folks for his own PLEASURE! Yep pleasure! What good and decent person would allow more and more folks on the streets without jobs and food? Duffus Desantis is the perfect death cult sociopath! Vote Blue! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!

  • JoAnne Nelson

    October 1, 2020 at 10:33 am

    The absolute worst Governor Florida has had. Hope he likes being a one termer. Someone needs to tell him that wishing doesn’t make it so in a pandemic.

  • charles hoffman

    October 1, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Ron DeStupid is as concerned with tenants as he is concerned with seniors – that’s why he let that fat traitor in the white house to determine florida’s response to covid-19

  • Tom

    October 1, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Rep. Anna Eskamani is right. We need protection until at least the end of the year. The unemployment payments are still messed up. Lay-offs coming and who knows with phase 3 will bring. It going to be a mess without portection.

  • Tri Runt

    October 1, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    The worst of this is that regardless of when it expires, the Trump Administration has no plan From Trump’s view the Election will be over so no more need for Trump to delay the inevitable, of people being thrown onto the streets during a Pandemic.
    Eviction Predictions of 250,000 people are estimated for Las Vegas, NV. Ft Lauderdale & Las Vegas were twin cities during 2008 great recession. Foreclosures will follow the same pattern as evictions take place and Mortgages come due.
    The Trump delay until after the election is all these jobless people can hang onto, until Joe Biden takes hold of this mess come January 20th. Thankfully, Joe Biden managed us out of the great recession, this will be tougher but would much rather have Joe Biden managing this than the heartless Trump Administration. G’d help us all!

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    October 2, 2020 at 3:55 am

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