With Florida’s foreclosure and eviction moratorium scheduled to end on July 1, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., led a letter this week requesting Florida courts to implement statewide mediation programs to give homeowners and tenants a chance to save their homes.
Soto led a letter to Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady on the matter which several Democrats in the state congressional delegation signed.
“Florida Courts should work creatively to reduce the inevitable financial and legal consequences of this national pandemic, through mediation or other alternative dispute resolutions for the millions of Floridians facing financial hardship,” wrote the members.
“We believe the Florida courts should implement programs similar to the 2009 Statewide Managed Mediation Program for evictions due to nonpayment of rent and foreclosures. Beyond the financial and legal implications of a foreclosure or eviction lawsuit for an individual homeowner or tenant, the overall effects of the expiration of a sixty-day statewide moratorium may lead to housing insecurity and unnecessary strain on an already backlogged court system,” they added.
Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings and Al Lawson signed the letter.