JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The CDC's eviction moratorium ends on the last day of June.
Right now hundreds of people are facing eviction in Duval County. According to the Duval County Clerk of Courts Office, more than 450 evictions were filed in May, which is down from 940 in January.
"The biggest tip I can give is communicate," said Northeast Florida Association of Realtors President-elect Mark Rosener. "So long as the tenant and the landlord are talking to one another, I believe that most of those issues can be resolved."
In April, the City of Jacksonville began distributing nearly $30 million in federal funds to help people cover up to a year of rent and utility payments. Close to 7,000 people applied, according to Jeff Winkler, head of basic needs at United Way of Northeast Florida.
"Even before the pandemic, 40% of all households in Duval County were already struggling to make ends meet," said Winkler. "COVID obviously exacerbated that and there are still families who are trying to get on solid ground."
An estimated one in five renters are behind on payments. If you are being faced with an eviction lawsuit, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid has an online tool to help you create a legal response. Find it here.