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Update: Evictions put on hold in Florida

Update: Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 2 issued a 45-day hold on evictions and foreclosures in Florida.

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All three South Florida counties have put evictions on hold amid the pandemic as Gov. Ron DeSantis consider a move statewide.

The move could provide some comfort to renters as April 1 arrives on Wednesday, which is when rental payments are typically due.The pandemic could cost 47 million jobs nationally and send the unemployment rate past 32 percent, the St. Louis Fed says. A group for parents is already warning of dire consequences.

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Broward Sheriff’s Department and Palm Beach Sheriff’s Department have said they will halt serving eviction papers, media reports indicate.

An order by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canaday appears to suspend, or at least give county clerks the option to suspend, the issuance of writs of possession through April 17, according to the Tampa Bay Times. A writ of possession is what law enforcement brings to a residence when the tenants are evicted.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that DeSantis is considering an eviction moratorium statewide.

“If we’re telling somebody that if you’re sick don’t go into work … and then something happens with their business and they get laid off and then they can’t make the rent payment, those are extraordinary circumstances,” DeSantis said. “So I would be supportive of figuring out what I can do.”

President Donald Trump on Wednesday suspended all eviction and foreclosure action for properties owned by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The suspension will end May 1.

Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden want to see a 90-day or three-month moratorium in tenants paying rent to landlords.

403,525 people have signed a petition created by ParentsTogether Action, calling on Congress to suspend rent, mortgage, and utility payments, and order a full moratorium on evictions/foreclosures.

The organization, which has over 2 million members, found in a survey of 1,200 families that nearly half have already lost income and that the majority of families won’t be able to pay their rent/mortgage bills without cutting back on other basics like food.

“The stimulus bill is a first step, but it’s not enough for most families and leaves out many altogether. Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis,” said Justin Ruben, co-director of ParentsTogether. “Parents are telling us they won’t be able to pay rent unless they cut back on vital food or medication—this isn’t a choice we should be forcing people to make.”

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.