KISSIMMEE, FL – As Florida’s foreclosure and eviction moratorium nears an end on July 1st, Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) led a letter requesting Florida Courts implement statewide mediation programs to give homeowners and tenants a chance to save their homes.
“Florida Courts should work creatively to reduce the inevitable financial and legal consequences of this national pandemic, through mediation or other alternative dispute resolutions for the millions of Floridians facing financial hardship,” wrote the Members. “We believe the Florida Courts should implement programs similar to the 2009 Statewide Managed Mediation Program for evictions due to nonpayment of rent and foreclosures. Beyond the financial and legal implications of a foreclosure or eviction lawsuit for an individual homeowner or tenant, the overall effects of the expiration of a sixty-day statewide moratorium may lead to housing insecurity and unnecessary strain on an already backlogged court system.”
The letter was signed by Reps. Kathy Castor, Theodore E. Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee L. Hastings and Al Lawson, Jr.