Renters in Florida and around the country can give a deep sigh of relief, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the eviction moratorium has been extended through July 31st. After a stressful year, many people were unable to pay their rent. This decision gives renters a bit more time and prevents evictions.
Moratorium brings relief to millions of renters
Real estate delinquencies have been at an all-time high after the past year. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 6.4 million families were behind on their rent. By early June, around 3.2 million people reported that they were to face eviction within two months. As a result, renters expressed relief over the news that the CDC has extended the eviction moratorium.
One woman lost her job last year and was unable to get federal rental assistance to pay her rent due to her landlord refusing it. She stated that she was worried that she would be evicted before being able to find a new job and didn’t have anywhere else to go.
Another renter lost his job and was being threatened with eviction. He too had difficulties when his landlord refused $5,000 he had secured in federal assistance to pay his back rent. The man expressed relief that he no longer has to worry about the month of July and can stay in his apartment.
Congress makes moves to help renters
Members of Congress took action by writing to President Joe Biden and CDC director Rochelle Walensky to urge them to not only extend but strengthen the moratorium. Led by Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri, Jimmy Gomez of California and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, the action allows for an extension of emergency rental assistance for real estate so tenants can continue to pay their rent and keep a roof over their heads. While this is an important step in helping people pay their rent, others stress the need for a long-term solution.