Florida’s stay on evictions doesn’t mean renters won’t lose their homes

Tampa Bay Times Reporter Christopher O'Donnell shares housing advocates are warning that the state has not done enough to protect renters and could see an onslaught of evictions when the stay expires around May 17.

Courts are not issuing writs of possession, the final step in an eviction, but tenants are being served with notices, DiFiore said. Those could become a life-long black mark for tenants and harm their chances of renting because Florida has no process for expunging eviction filings, he said.

Even if it’s dismissed or settled, it can affect your ability to rent in the future."

Tom DiFiore

Managing Attorney, Team ABLE