Florida eviction, foreclosure moratorium extended to Oct. 1

Protection applies only to residents affected by the COVID-19 emergency.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Aug. 31 extending the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures that began in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

The moratorium extension expires at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 1.

A property owner may initiate a single-family mortgage foreclosure or eviction process in any situation allowed under existing Florida statutes. The executive order only halts the final action of certain foreclosures and evictions.

The order does not protect tenants whose lease expires or when nonpayment is for reasons other than the COVID-19 emergency. It applies only to residential tenants, not to commercial evictions.

For people who may be subject to eviction, and cannot afford to hire an attorney, assistance may be available from civil legal aid organizations. Visit jala.org or trls.org for details.