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Gov. Ron DeSantis extends halt on evictions for Florida tenants through Oct. 1

Tenants could find themselves on street
Gov. DeSantis extends halt on evictions for Florida tenants through October 1
Posted at 8:49 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 08:10:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As many Floridians feared getting kicked out of their homes, Gov. Ron DeSantis once again extended his suspension on evictions.

DeSantis extended Executive Order 20-180, which halts evictions for Floridians, until 12:01 a.m. on October 1. Monday night's announcement marks the fourth time DeSantis extended the eviction ban.

The pandemic caused record-breaking unemployment in the state, leaving many renters unable to pay their landlords.

Clerks of courts in some counties stopped processing eviction filings after the governor's order, but others did not. Prior to the extension, many feared getting slapped with eviction orders and
ending up homeless in a matter of days.

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Below is the executive order signed by DeSantis:

But for future reference for Florida tenants, experts say tenants facing eviction due to the pandemic's financial fallout should try to negotiate a payment plan or settlement with the landlord.
Tenants who were evicted during the suspension period can seek legal help.