Florida governor extends moratorium on residential evictions


MIAMI, FLORIDA – JULY 13: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a new conference on the surge in coronavirus cases in the state held at the Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 13, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Yesterday, Florida reported 15,300 new confirmed cases on Sunday, topping the previous U.S. record for the largest daily increase of Covid-19 infections. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Scores of Floridians struggling with rents and mortgages have been given additional reprieve through an extended moratorium against residential evictions and foreclosures.

Gov. Ron DeSantis approved the measure Monday night, just hours before a previous extension was to expire — potentially providing temporary relief to scores of financially struggling Floridians who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s unemployment rate — 11.3% in July — reflects more than 1.1 million Floridians out of work and COVID-19‘s effect on the economy.

The extension means that residents who cannot pay rent or make house payments won’t be forced out of their homes until the end of the month.

Many hundreds of thousands of the state’s residents lost their jobs, or had their hours severely reduced, when bars, restaurants and other businesses curtailed hours because of the outbreak.

The governor’s order does not forgive the payment of rents or mortgages and applies only to people who can prove their loss of income was because of the pandemic.

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