The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national eviction moratorium left Florida housing experts scratching their heads. Will it apply to Florida, where there’s already a moratorium in place? They weren’t sure.
“The bottom line is really we don’t know what effect it’s going to have,” said Jamos “Jay” Mobley, senior housing attorney at Orange County’s Legal Aid Society, who’s been helping low-income residents fight eviction notices.
It depends on which moratorium provides more protection, but figuring that out isn’t so easy. And who decides if the CDC’s order supersedes Florida’s — the governor, the state supreme court or the federal government — is unclear.
“There are arguments on both side as to which one is stronger,” said Donald Myers Jr., chief judge over Orange and Osceola courts.