Evictions Continue to Increase Despite the Risk and Legalities

In Hillsborough County, COVID-19 is far from defeated. After the lifting of restrictions by Governor DeSantis in October, cases have steadily increased. Some call this the “third wave”, but experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation's top infectious disease expert—say that we have yet to finish the first wave of infections, the first wave just never stopped growing. The reason that Center for Disease Control guidelines encourage letting tenants stay in place until at least the end of the year is to protect communities from COVID-19 spread that comes with displacement. However, tenants must provide a signed declaration to their landlord, stating that they fall under the situations protected by the CDC.

The health risk being posed by evicting people at this time makes this extra hard to swallow.”

Tom DiFiore - Managing Attorney, Housing Team