Thousands of South Florida tenants threatened with eviction – CBS Miami


MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As the housing market continues to grow, thousands of people in South Florida face eviction threats. Realtors say some landlords make unethical and sometimes illegal decisions.

“People who have lived in their house 15 years, 20 years, now they are told that you have 30 days to move,” says Rosa Decarlo, real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty Partners SW.

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Every day people are evicted so that the owners can sell while the market is warm. 30 days’ notice to vacate your home is legal, but some landlords push tenants out much faster. Raymond Henry, a tenant in Little Haiti, only received three days’ notice.

“They want to fry me and get me out of here,” Henry said.

Raymond is a single father of three. He repairs motorcycles and cars for a living and is a musician in his spare time.

Just before Christmas he received an eviction notice.

“I have the anxiety of having to go out every day and work .. coming home to make sure no one is trying to get in,” says Henry.

When COVID hit, Ray applied for Our Florida; the rent assistance granted to him. They paid the landlord several months’ rent, but soon after, the landlord sold the property to a new owner and kept the money.

“Took the payments and ran and never gave the payments to the new owner, which he was supposed to do. So the new owner kicked him out. I gave him 3 days notice just before the holidays, ”Decarlo says.

Since then, Ray has been in and out of court to fight the eviction. The court ruled in his favor. His current owner has been paid, but the fight to oust him and his family continues.

“They’ve already made it clear that they don’t want government money; they don’t want my money. They don’t want nothing to do with me. Now, have I done something wrong? »Asks Henri.

“It’s the Wild West out there right now,” Decarlo says.

Decarlo says people are evicted every day as owners rush to sell their property.

“Very easily, I hear about it 10 times a day, I listen to people’s stories. You have several open offers for rental and sale. It’s just a bidding war all the time, ”explains Decarlo.

Ray thinks that’s why his owner is trying to push his family out.

“I think they will try to double the rent,” he says.

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According to RealPage, a real estate data analysis company, rents for professionally managed apartments rose 10.3% in the third quarter of 2021. If landlords have rights, so do tenants.

“You have the right to be informed when there are intentions to sell the house. You have the right to at least 30 days’ notice, ”explains Decarlo.

Ray and his family are still in limbo with more court dates ahead of them. As their battle for safe housing continues, Ray remains positive for his children and does all he can to keep a roof over their heads.

“It makes me want to fight. It is my job as a parent to protect my children, ”he says.

Decarlo says if you rent or buy, there is still very little inventory in South Florida, making it difficult for so many families facing eviction. If you are in a similar situation, remember that you have rights as a tenant.

Here are some useful links to find out about these rights.

Landlord / Tenant Law in Florida

Rights, laws and protections of local tenants.

Miami Tenants Union

Community justice project

Emergency rental program 2.4

Emergency rental assistance program

Emergency rental assistance program in Broward

Helping Floridians get back on their feet

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Help Florida recover and rebuild after COVID-19 public health emergency | Our Florida, for any questions about the program, call 833.493.0594, 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.ourflorida.com.

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