DeSantis extends foreclosure, eviction moratoriums for another month

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Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended his moratorium on rental evictions and mortgage foreclosures for a fourth time, extending its protection until Sept. 1, with language specifying that debtors must start paying as soon as their COVID-19-related income losses end.

“All payments, including tolled payments, are due when an individual is no longer adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency,” DeSantis said in an executive order.

Previously in extending the moratoriums originally enacted in April, the governor signed terse executive orders merely extending the hold he’d placed on court judgments regarding foreclosures and evictions.

The new order also specifies that its protections apply only to people suffering “loss of employment, diminished wages or business income, or other monetary loss realized during the Florida state of emergency directly impacting” single-family mortgages and residential leases.

“Nothing in this executive order shall be construed as relieving an individual from his or her obligation to make mortgage payments or rent payments,” the order reads.

In the past, Florida Democrats have expressed frustration at the governor for waiting so long to decide if the rental evictions and mortgage foreclosures should be extended, given all the job losses during COVID-19.

Orlando lawmaker Anna Eskamani earlier this summer called the situation “torture,” according to a Florida Phoenix story.

“Our Governor prefers to torture people to the last minute then deal with crisis right in front of him,” Eskamani said at the time.