Gov. DeSantis extends moratorium on evictions, foreclosure with hours to spare

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Gov. Ron DeSantis has withdrawn relief from renters and mortgage payers, citing federal protections.

Gov. Rob DeSantis extended his moratorium on evictions and mortgage foreclosures about five hours before it was set to expire just after midnight on Tuesday.

The executive order was time-stamped at 7:06 p.m. Eastern Time Monday. DeSantis’ previous order would have lapsed at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.

The protection for renters and homeowners now will last until July 1.

Asked Friday about his intentions, the governor said, “I haven’t decided yet” but would “pretty soon.”

It marks the second extension for the moratorium, first authorized on April 2 and extended on May 14. Legally, the order suspends enforcement of statutes governing evictions and foreclosures.

DeSantis said in his first order that the “targeted, temporary relief” for homeowners and renters was justified under his emergency powers because of the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

A group of legislators had urged the governor to “ensure people have a roof over their heads.”

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.