Miami-Dade mayor announces new relief program for residential landlords affected by pandemic

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava held a press conference Monday morning to discuss the relief for landlords and renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the restart of commercial evictions.

“The federal eviction moratorium saved lives and kept people safe in their homes, preventing the disease from spreading. The local moratorium has helped Miami-Dade law enforcement agencies use their limited resources to focus on the things of protecting our residents amid this historic public health crisis, “the Mayor said.

Still, Levine Cava realized the county needs to help protect the livelihoods of its residents, including landlords, renters and small business owners who have suffered financial difficulties over the past year.

She said the county has received an additional $ 60 million in aid that will help support landlords struggling to pay their mortgages.

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The new aid program for landlords of residential buildings who have submitted written documents to the police and whose tenants need to be evicted will repay landlords a monthly rent back of up to USD 3,000 starting in March 2020.

“So this is very substantial support for the landlords who have to pay their bills,” said Levine Cava.

The mayor also announced that as of March 5, “the county will resume serving of documents for commercial evictions only. The federal moratorium on the evacuation of residential buildings is still in place to protect the most vulnerable. “

Other local executives also attending Monday’s press conference included Eileen Higgins, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Michael Liu, Director of Public Housing and Community Development, members of the Miami-Dade Police Department, tenants and landlords groups, and members the community affected by the pandemic.

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