Gov. DeSantis blames inflation, ‘demand’ for Florida housing crunch
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Ron DeSantis
'People want to be in Florida.'

Rents continue to rise around the state, and Gov. Ron DeSantis believes the blame should be laid at the President’s feet.

In a news conference Wednesday in Gainesville, DeSantis blasted the Joe Biden administration for inflationary policies, and added that Rep. Charlie Crist was “joined at the hip” with the President.

Noting quickly that his proposed budget fully funds the Sadowski trust fund, DeSantis moved almost immediately to macroeconomic issues.

“I would say that when you have inflation, the way you’re doing it — because of policies that people like the Congressman have supported with Biden, joined at the hip — that is causing everything to be much more expensive,” DeSantis said.

“If you’re going to build an apartment complex that may be multifamily, the cost of that is now up 30%. And so that’s going to cost more on the back end for people.”

DeSantis also cited the federal eviction moratorium, which expired last October, as another reason affordable housing was scarce.

“A lot of the people who own these places couldn’t get access to rent,” DeSantis said, seemingly justifying rent hikes on those grounds. “What they’re doing now to counteract that, they’re actually raising rents higher than before.”

Reiterating his stance that it is hypocritical to “support these inflationary policies” only to complain about housing affordability, DeSantis noted there is strong demand for homes in the Sunshine State.

“Look, when it comes to housing in Florida, there’s a big demand. People want to be in Florida. We lead the country in net in-migration since COVID-19 hit,” DeSantis said.

“The demand is very, very intense when you have people that are voting with their feet,” DeSantis said.

The Governor’s comments come in the wake of Rep. Crist’s launch of an affordable housing messaging campaign. Among the prongs of the Crist plan are a push for full funding of the Sadowski trust fund for affordable housing and a repeal of the law passed last year that cuts the fund’s available bankroll in half.

Florida has seen major hikes in rent prices. The state contains five of the 10 cities where rent has increased the most since the beginning of the pandemic.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tjb

    February 2, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    DeSantis promotes the migration of wealthier out of state Republicans who can easily afford inflated real estate and rental costs. This migration has made it more difficult for native Floridians to have the funds to compete against their deep pockets.
    DeSantis should stop blaming others, and tell the citizens of Florida on how will make housing more affordable to all and not just wealthy out of staters.

  • Tom

    February 2, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Such a typical fool Tjb reply.
    America’s Gov has made Florida the beacon example of Americans running from tyrannical Gov states to freedom state. Cuomo as example among many.

    People’s want to come to Florida many reasons.
    Anti Covid lockdowns, , free people’s, education for kids, employment opportunity, jobs, quality of life, future opportunities, and economic liberty. DeSantis has demonstrated great leadership and is now the conservative and Repub leader. He’s defeating Biden by 8pts.
    Quality of life is wonderful for all. Florida is the place to be thanks to Gov Ron.

  • Tom

    February 2, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Tjb can’t you offer more.
    Don’t you think people see America’s Gov and the great leadership in Florida?
    DeSantis has made Florida a beacon for freedom, quality of life, family, expanded scholarship education and happy place to be. People are happy, the future is bright. DeSantis will win re-election and likely run for WH. He will do for America what he has done for Florida.
    America’s Governor!

    • PJ

      February 3, 2022 at 11:59 am

      People moved to Florida primarily for economic reasons. Many people who live in Florida do not agree with DeSantis crazy political views. You also fail to address the fact that remote workers from big cities are moving to Florida while retaining their big city salaries. What TJB said is correct.

  • Tom

    February 3, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    You are living under a rock.
    But calling him crazy explains why.
    No, people have fled the Midwest and NE states cause if abusing Govs and mandates.
    The facts back it. DeSantis is leading Biden by 10, Faud by 11 and Crist by 6. I think peeps know whose crazy! Enjoy.

  • politics

    February 4, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Although my lease will raise sky high for comment. rent increases and inflation is the bull stock investor dream.This is my outlook.

  • Al Villarreal

    February 4, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Desantis is a conspiracist. Florida has had a housing crises for the years. He lies to appeal to his base. Come on people do your research. Its simple supply and demand. He’s part of the problem, he keeps telling people they should move here. He keeps getting big corporation to build here but doesn’t take into consideration our infrastructure and he doesn’t care. All the college he has and he only knows how to make stuff up and make himself rich!

  • Tom

    February 4, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Liar, really dumb.
    You gotta do better pal.
    DeSantis the best!
    Btw, he’s been doing events on infrastructure all across the state. Just saying

  • Matthew Lusk

    February 9, 2022 at 8:30 am

    $50 dollars for a sheet of plywood. That’s price inflation caused by currency supply inflation. Currency is current debt, not true money. Congress spends trillions in newly printed current debt and the corrupt bankers print tens of trillions in newly created current debt digits. Flawed currency today is denominated in the private federal reserve banking cartel issue. United States Treasury notes are also denominated in this criminal private federal reserve banking cartel issue. At present, the real monetary power rests with fascist bankers, not the U. S. Congress. For this reason, we as voters, must vote out North Florida I-CON-MAN Al Lawson who covers for the banking crime syndicate.

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