If you have a tenant living in one of your rental properties who has fallen behind on rent, you likely aren’t alone. With the COVID-19 virus still very much alive and threatening the lives and livelihoods of all citizens, many renters are finding it difficult to meet their monthly financial obligations which include paying rent. While it is understandable that a missed rent payment only makes it more difficult for a landlord to cover their monthly bills, there are a few things you need to keep in mind if you are considering having the renter evicted if they continue to miss payments.
- Executive Order 20-159, which provides eviction relief to residential renters.
Back in April, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order that provided eviction relief to renters who couldn’t pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the order, which aims to help protect residents from becoming homeless during the pandemic, was set to expire in July, DeSantis recently extended the order until August 1st. Essentially, what this means is that landlords of residential properties are prohibited from initiating the eviction process while the moratorium is active. Although the mortarium currently serves as a form of protection for renters who can’t pay rent, it doesn’t dismiss their financial obligation which means once the order expires, you may be able to initiate the eviction process if they fail to pay what is owed.
- The legal process you are required to follow in order to evict a tenant.
The Orlando, FL real estate litigation lawyers at Legal Counsel, P.A. understand how stressful times may be for landlords who aren’t receiving rent from their residential tenants due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, if you want to evict a tenant, there is a very specific process that must be followed in order to do this. One of the first things you are required to do is notify the tenant that you intend on having them evicted. Once you do this, you are then required to honor the waiting period that allows them to respond before filing the eviction with the court.
After a landlord files an eviction with the court, the tenant is then served with a summons and is then given more time to respond.
Now, if you need more information on the eviction process or would like to discuss the steps in-depth with a skilled Orlando, FL real estate litigation attorney, Legal Counsel, P.A. is here to help you.
Legal Counsel P.A. has an office in Orlando which is located at:
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Orlando, FL 32801
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