850K+ Florida renters at risk after state's eviction moratorium is lifted

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Posted: Oct 1, 2020 / 04:41 PM EDT/ Updated: Oct 1, 2020 / 04:43 PM EDT

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends an event with President Donald Trump on the environment at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has allowed the statewide eviction moratorium he put in place at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to expire after six months.

DeSantis’ moratorium, which still allowed landlords to file eviction paperwork, was extended multiple times as coronavirus spread across the state.

With 2.7 million renters in Florida, more than 850,000 renters will be at risk after millions of furloughs and layoffs in the wake of coronavirus.

In Hillsborough County alone, more than 200 evictions were filed between Sept. 14 and Sept. 20 – the highest number since late February. Foreclosures in Hillsborough, however, have reached their lowest weekly total since the last week of July. Only six foreclosures were filed between Sept. 21 and Sept. 26.

Source: Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts Source: Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts

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