COVID-19 Florida Regulatory Update

  COVID-19 Florida Regulatory Update   Disclaimer: The information enclosed in this email and online at www.FAAHQ.org is being provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. FAA members are encouraged to contact their legal counsel regarding any landlord/tenant law matters. The industry is in uncharted territory at this time and legal interpretations surrounding this topic may vary.    New COVID-19 Resources   In an effort to ensure Florida Apartment Association members are well informed, new resources are continually being added to FAA’s COVID-19 page. Below, please find links to new resources that may be of assistance to you and your teams.   State and Federal Eviction Moratorium Timeline Summary FAA created this visual aid to help members understand the timelines included in the Governor’s Executive Order suspending evictions for nonpayment of rent and the eviction moratorium in the federal CARES Act.Please note, you will have to log-in as an FAA member to view the State and Federal Eviction Moratorium Timeline linked above. New Resident ResourcesMany local governments across Florida are starting to establish rent relief funds for residents financially impacted by COVID-19. FAA has compiled a list of the resident resource funds we are aware of at this time. Click here to see a list of programs that will be updated on an ongoing basis as new programs are established.New CDC Guidelines for Cleaning FacilitiesNew CDC Guidelines for Businesses NOTE: The CDC established these new guidelines for states to reference as they work to reopen their economies.   Governor DeSantis and Task Force Discuss Next Steps   Governor Desantis’ stay-at-home order expires on April 30, unless he takes action to extend it. Over the weekend, the governor indicated that he is in “no rush” to reopen the state. However, the governor convened the Task Force to Re-open Florida to discuss the state’s next steps last week. Task Force meetings were held via conference call and the Florida Apartment Association government affairs team monitored task force discussions, which primarily focused on how businesses and employees can return to work.   The governor has said that he plans to use the CDC guidelines as a baseline for reopening Florida. Task force leaders in the House and Senate have expressed support for general guidelines that can be applied across all businesses. Members of the task force submitted recommendations to the governor’s office over the weekend. We anticipate the governor will make an announcement regarding the task force’s specific recommendations soon, so please stay tuned for future updates.     FAA Invited to Participate in Eviction Mitigation Task Force   The Florida Apartment Association was recently contacted by the Florida Department of Professional Business and Regulation (DPBR) and asked to participate in a Task Force that will focus on mitigating the financial impacts of COVID-19 that could lead to eviction. FAA was honored to be included in this work group and looks forward to participating in this important discussion. Please stay tuned for future updates.     FAA Op-Ed Shares Industry’s Perspective Amidst COVID-19   In an effort to educate the general public regarding how the multifamily industry operates and the community-wide positive impact that is generated from apartment communities, FAA drafted an op-ed that was recently published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. This op-ed also stresses that residents who are financially impacted by COVID-19 should communicate concerns regarding rent payments to their housing provider as soon as possible so they can discuss their options.         Connect With us!