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STATUS OF EVICTIONS AND FLORIDA COURTS: UPDATE JUNE 1, 2020

STATUS OF EVICTIONS AND FLORIDA COURTS: UPDATE JUNE 1, 2020

As most landlords and property managers are aware, the Florida Governor’s Executive Order has stalled the ability of Landlords to evict residential tenants that are not paying rent. Moreover, Clerk of Courts, the Judges, and Sheriffs’ Offices all enacted their own Covid-19 procedures that caused eviction cases to be delayed. However, the Governor’s Order is set to expire on June 2, 2020 at 12:02 a.m. That, along with Clerks’ Offices, local courts, and county Sheriffs’ Offices are also ending their stays on evictions which will enable Eviction Law Firm to proceed expeditiously on evictions. These Government Agencies have some backlog and there will be delays as these agencies get work moving again. We are monitoring these processes carefully and using our two decades of experience with commercial and residential evictions to see that we do all that we can to move the Eviction cases forward. We understand that Landlords and Property Managers are under a lot of pressure to collect rents to pay property expenses and mortgages. Also relevant is that many tenants have lost substantial income, making it difficult to pay their rent. The following are some programs that tenants can be referred to for residential properties to try to get assistance during this time. Commercial tenants may look for some of the programs particularly local and federal ones offered to businesses in need of financial assistance. And taking steps to try to work out financial arrangements with tenants, including agreeing to move-out dates, can be a way to avoid court intervention. However, Landlords and Property Managers have to take action to protect their property from losses being suffered and we are here to assist them expeditiously. There is no requirement for a Landlord or Property Manager to work with a third-party agency on collecting rent like the ones below (except for Section 8 properties), but is voluntary, without any guaranty of if or when any assistance will be provided.

In the South Florida, some options may include (in addition to local Section 8 HUD programs), local Churches and other religious institutions offering assistance:

Helping Hands Assistance Program
2930 Jog Rd, Greenacres, FL 33467
(561) 432-2417

HAND Program- Rental Assistance
1-877-994-4357
Broward Regional Health Planning Council Inc.
915 Middle River Drive, Suite #104-A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

EASE Foundation
4300 SW 57th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33314
(954) 797-1077

Catholic Charities
1079 SE 22nd Avenue, Providence Place, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Hallandale Human Services
750 NW 8th Avenue, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009
(954) 457-1460

COMMUNITY ACTION AND HUMAN SERVICES
Overtown Transit Village North
701 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136
786-469-4600

Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
111 NW 1st St, Miami, FL 33128
(305) 375-1490

Housing Finance Authority
7855 NW 12th St, Miami, FL 33126
(305) 499-8743

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