Leading tax attorney Senen Garcia, founding partner at SG Law Group in Miami, FL, outlines the key facts surrounding evictions and Covid-19. For more information please visit http://www.sgarcialaw.com
— In a recent interview, tax attorney Senen Garcia, founding partner at SG Law Group in Miami, FL, revealed key facts surrounding evictions and Covid-19.
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When asked for a comment, Garcia said, "With the Covid-19 rearing its ugly head into all aspects of our lives, many tenants are concerned about making their monthly rental payments. But what some might be unaware of is the government assistance available for tenants who cannot make rent."
According to Garcia, there is relief for those who live in a property that is financed by federal housing programs - and those who do not.
When asked to elaborate, Garcia said, "According to the CARES act, landlords are not allowed to evict tenants if they are unable to make their rental payment through to July 24th. Landlords are only permitted to send out an eviction notice 30 days after this date."
Garcia further added that this moratorium applies to housing funded by federal housing programs, as well as Fannie Mae, Section 8, Section 202, among others.
"But there's also good news for residents who don't live in housing that is attached to a federal program, as many states have started their own moratoriums to prevent eviction for not paying rent. And this moratorium is valid for property not tied to federal funding," he said.
When asked for an example, Garcia said, "The state of Florida had a moratorium that was valid until August 1st, and some localities have extended this even further. For instance, in Miami-Dade County, as long as the state moratorium is ongoing, writs of garnishments regarding evictions are not allowed to be carried out. Because these extensions vary by locality, it’s a good idea to find out the status of evictions in your particular location.”
According to Garcia, no late fees, penalties, or any other charges from non-payment of rent will be able to accrue during the moratorium. He was quick to add that it’s important to note that the moratorium doesn’t clear away unpaid back rent.
"If you're unable to make rent now, you must pay it once the moratorium ends, otherwise you might be evicted for non-payment of rent. It's a good idea to get in touch with your landlord, who could very well be willing to work with you to make installments on late payments so that it will not be a problem down the line,” he said.
"If you're unsure how the law in your area affects your particular situation, then make sure to speak with a seasoned tax attorney who can help you understand your obligations as a tenant during these difficult times."
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