With advocates predicting a “tsunami” of homelessness — and landlords enduring months without access to courts — Florida lawyers are eyeing the August 1 expiration of a statewide moratorium on mortgage foreclosures and evictions.
Researchers at Princeton University’s Eviction Lab say that with the expiration of a CARES Act moratorium, and the pending expiration of moratoria in Florida and other states, some 28 million Americans are facing eviction. Before the pandemic, about 3.6 million Americans faced eviction every year.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty and people are feeling very stressed,” said Jeffrey Hussey, director of public interest and litigation for Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. “I’m getting calls that should take 10 or 15 minutes, and they’re taking 30 minutes, because now, I’m also part therapist.”