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FEDERAL BAN ON EVICTIONS

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Act has issued a 120 day moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent. The moratorium applies to all rental housing providers whose properties are insured, guaranteed, supplemented, protected, or assisted in any way by federal programs including but not limited to HUD, the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac, or the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher ProgramTo view the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act,” please click here.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT ORDER

The Florida Supreme Court issued Order No. AOSC20-23 Amendment 5, which suspends all non-essential jury trials across the state. Amendment 5 removed a previous section that allowed clerks to suspend issuing Writs of Possession.

GOVERNOR HALTS EVICTIONS

Governor Ron DeSantis halted all evictions for non-payment through executive order 20-94 on April 2nd. It will last until May 17th. The Governor made it clear that this does not relieve an individual of their resposibility to pay rent. This order has been extended until August 1st, 2020.

Note: The list below will be updated once, executive order 20-94 expires.  

LOCAL COURT CLOSURES AND SUSPENSION OF EVICTIONS

Local governments across the country, including some here in Florida, are considering or have enacted eviction bans in response to COVID-19 concerns. At this time, the following local governments have taken action to ban or reduce evictions:
  • Brevard County Sheriff's Office is no longer serving Writs of Possession
  • Broward County (evictions temporarily suspended)
  • Collier County Sheriff's Office is no longer serving Writs of Possession
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office suspended serving Writs of Possession
  • Indian River County Sheriff's Office is no longer serving Writs of Possession
  • Lee County (evictions temporarily suspended)
  • Leon County Sheriff's Office is no longer serving Writs of Possession
  • Martin County Sheriff's Office is no longer serving Writs of Possession
  • Miami-Dade (evictions temporarily suspended)
  • Orange County (evictions temporarily suspended)
  • Osceola County (evictions temporarily suspended)
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is not enforcing eviction notices at this time
  • St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is no longer serving Writs of Possession
  • Volusia County Sheriff's Office is no longer serving Writs of Possession
In addition to the jurisdictions with formal or informal policies outlined above, several courts are temporarily no longer processing eviction filings, including:
  • Alachua County (Evictions can be filed, but courts are temporarily closed) 
  • Brevard County 
  • Clay County (evictions suspended )
  • Duval County (evictions suspended )
  • Flagler County (No longer issuing writs of posession)
  • Franklin County (Courts are temporarily closed)
  • Gadsden County (Courts are temporarily closed)
  • Jefferson County (Courts are temporarily closed) 
  • Leon County (Courts are temporarily closed) 
  • Liberty County (Courts are temporarily closed) 
  • Nassau County (No longer issuing Writs of Possession)
  • Putnam County (No longer issuing Writs of Possession)
  • Seminole County (evictions suspended)
  • St. Johns County (No longer issuing Writs of Possession)
  • Wakulla County (Courts are temporarily closed) 
Note: This list is expected to grow in the coming weeks and will be updated as new information becomes available. Many courts will still accept an eviction filing via their e-file system, however it may be placed on hold. Please refer to your local sheriff's office or court for additional information regarding eviction processes within their jurisdictions.