Evictions on Hold: Landlord Issues Arising from Coronavirus Pandemic
On March 24, the Florida Supreme Court halted the issuance of writs of possession through the close of business on Friday, April 17, 2020. This action means a landlord is unable complete the eviction of a tenant unless a writ had been issued prior to the date of the order. A lawsuit seeking eviction can still be filed and, in certain cases, ruled on by the judge during this time, but the final step necessary for removal of the tenant (issuance of the writ) will be delayed.
Delays in the eviction process are just one area where landlords are encountering unique challenges related to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. There are questions about proper application of force majeure clauses, potential liability for virus contamination on the leased premises and many more.