Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday allowed the state’s stay-on-eviction order to expire.
The order was first signed in April and was intended to suspend evictions and foreclosures against those economically-impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, however, only COVID-19 impacted renters are protected through a CDC stay-on-eviction order directd by the Trump administration.
The CDC’s order, notably, does not protect homeowners from foreclosure.
“Today, Governor DeSantis permitted Executive Order 20-211 to expire,” the order says. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently enacted a nationwide residential evictions Order that provides federal eviction relief to persons who submit a valid declaration to their landlord regarding their inability to pay rent.”
Democrats and civil rights activists throughout the pandemic pushed aggressively for DeSantis to extend the order throughout the year.
The order says it was allowed to expire to prevent confusion between the state and CDC order, which expires on Dec. 31.
“The State’s mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief was permitted to expire to avoid any confusion over whether the CDC’s evictions Order should apply in a particular circumstance,” the order says.
Earlier this month, the CDC stay-on-eviction order came under threat of