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Thousands of South Florida tenants face eviction – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As the housing market continues to boom, thousands of people in South Florida are facing eviction. Brokers say some homeowners are making unethical and sometimes illegal decisions.

“People who have lived in their home for 15 years, 20 years, are now being told you have 30 days to move out,” said Rosa Decarlo, Real Estate Agent at Keller Williams Realty Partners SW.

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People are being evicted every day so homeowners can sell while the market is hot. 30-day notice to vacate your home is legal, but some landlords are pushing tenants out much faster. Raymond Henry, a tenant in Little Haiti, was given three days’ notice.

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

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

Just before Christmas, he received an eviction notice.

Henry said: “I was so nervous, I had to go out every day and work.. come back home to make sure no one tried to come in.

When COVID was successful, Ray applied to Our Florida; tenant’s assistance, to which he was granted. They paid the landlord a few months’ rent but soon the landlord sold the property to the new owner and kept the money.

“Get the payments up and running and never deliver the payments to the new homeowner he was supposed to do. So the new owner kicked him out of the house. Give him a 3-day notice right before the holidays,” says Decarlo.

Since then, Ray has been in and out of court fighting deportation. The court ruled in his favor. His current landlord has been paid but the battle to evict him and his family continues.

“They’ve made it clear that they don’t want government money; they don’t want my money. They don’t want to do anything with me. Now, what did I do wrong? ‘ question Henry.

“It’s a wild west right now,” Decarlo said.

Decarlo says people are being evicted from their homes every day as homeowners rush to sell their properties.

“It’s easy for me to hear about it 10 times a day I hear people’s stories. You have many offers for rent and sale. Decarlo says it’s just a bidding war all the time.

Ray assumes that’s why the landlord is trying to push his family out the door.

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

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According to RealPage, a real estate data analytics company, rents in professionally managed apartments increased 10.3% in the third quarter of 2021. While landlords have rights over tenants.

“You have the right to be notified when you intend to sell your home. Decarlo says: You have the right to at least 30 days notice.

Ray and his family remain in limbo with many court days ahead. As their fight for housing security continues, Ray stays positive for his kids and does everything he can to keep them a home.

“It makes me want to fight back. It’s my job as a parent to protect my kids,” he said.

Whether you’re renting or buying, Decarlo said, there’s still very little inventory left in South Florida, which is troubling so many families who are facing eviction. If you are going through a similar situation, remember that you have rights as a tenant.

Here are some useful links where you can learn about those rights.

Florida Landlord/Tenant Law

Local Tenant Rights, Laws and Protections.

Miami Tenants Union

Community Justice Project

2.4 . emergency rental program

Emergency rental assistance program

Broward Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Help Florida Recover and Rebuild from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency | Our Florida program, for questions about the program, call 833.493.0594, 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.ourflorida.com.

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