Governor officially extends executive order suspending non-payment evictions and foreclosures

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) -Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an extension on an executive order preventing evictions and foreclosures due to non-payment.

The Governor signed the 45 days suspension of evictions and foreclosures for non-paying tenants on April 2. The order was set to expire Sunday, but DeSantis extended the order until June 2.

“During the moratorium anything that was served is not valid and they would have to re-serve either the notice. Or the court would have to give the tenant additional time,” said Icard Merrill attorney Alyssa Nohren.

Despite the Governor’s order, people tell ABC 7 they’re still receiving eviction notices after not being able to pay their April or May rent. The lack of unemployment benefits is causing a domino effect. Evictions and foreclosures are looming for many who haven’t been able to make ends meet.

Many are saying this is yet another layer of issues the unemployment system is causing them.

“They want you to move out within three days of getting the letter,” said Sarasota resident Bill Holemo.

Holemo owes nearly $1,400. He’s lived in his mobile home community for more than a decade.

“I don’t know what to do. I just don’t know what to do. And I can’t seem to get this unemployment thing squared away and it’s driving me crazy,” said Holemo.

Nohren says if a tenant needs help or can’t represent themselves, they can reach out to Legal Aid of Manasota INC. in Sarasota County and Gulf Coast Legal Services in Manatee County.

Legal aid of Manasota (Downtown Sarasota): 941-366-0038

Gulf Coast Legal Services (Manatee): 941-746-6151

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