Supreme Court blocks federal eviction ban, South Florida tenants affected – NBC 6 South Florida
The Supreme Court has blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from enforcing the federal moratorium on tenant evictions.
The ban, put in place earlier this month, was overturned after a group of homeowners challenged whether the CDC had the power to issue such a ban.
The latest moratorium applied only in counties with high rates of coronavirus transmission, such as Miami-Dade County and Broward County. It was to end in October.
“In South Florida, there will be no special eviction protections for tenants,” said Jeffrey Hittleman.
Hittleman is a lawyer with the Senior Citizen Law Project of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida. He says evictions can now proceed through the courts.
Earlier this month, Broward County reported more than 2,200 pending evictions. The latest figures presented to the Miami-Dade Commission show more than 4,300 in Miami-Dade.
Hittleman says he expects the number of pending evictions to increase.
“It has created a lot of uncertainty and people who are behind on rent, threatened with eviction, are trying to make plans,” Hittleman said.
Her advice to tenants is to ask for rental assistance.
“Ask for rental aid. There is money for rent assistance, ”he said.
Federal rent assistance is distributed by state and local governments. Miami-Dade and Broward counties have both received around $ 60 million in federal rent assistance funds so far.
Hittleman says securing the funds can be a slow process at times, but it’s one of the last options for tenants in need.
“We encountered difficulties in preparing the online application, obtaining all the necessary documents. We also saw some challenges in processing time, ”Hittleman said.
NBC 6 Responds previously reported that a large chunk of these funds took a long time to come out.
Miami-Dade County has contributed about 57% of its funds, while Broward County is about 21%.
Broward County told us they have hired additional staff to help process requests. These additional staff will focus their efforts on tenants who submitted applications in April, May and June, a representative said.
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