MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Floridians struggling with rents and mortgages have been given another reprieve, as Gov. Ron DeSantis has again extended a moratorium on residential evictions and foreclosures.
The governor did so Monday night, just hours before a previous extension was to expire — potentially providing temporary relief to scores of financially struggling Floridians who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.READ MORE: Florida Woman Injured When Turtle Crashed Through Windshield
The state’s unemployment rate remains high — 11.3% in July — with more than 1.1 million Floridians out of work as the state’s economy continues ailing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The extension means that residents who cannot pay rent or make house payments won’t be forced out of their homes until the end of the month.READ MORE: Earth Day 2021 Events And Freebies In South Florida
Many hundreds of thousands of the state’s residents lost their jobs, or had their hours severely reduced, when bars, restaurants and other businesses curtailed hours because of the outbreak.
The governor’s order does not forgive the payment of rents or mortgages and applies only to people who can prove their loss of income was because of the pandemic.MORE NEWS: Miami Weather: Partly Cloudy Earth Day, Scattered Storms Possible In The Afternoon
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