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It's just heartbreaking.
As businesses reopen across the country, so are eviction courts, ushering in an unprecedented crush of evictions. Countless Americans may be staring down homelessness, along with a possible second wave of the pandemic.
Here in Florida,, and throughout the US, eviction moratoriums were put into place, baring landlords from throwing tenants out on the streets.
All that is set to expire in the upcoming weeks and months.
As evictions, both legal and illegal, ramp up in the United States they are likely to disproportionately impact a population that has already been devastated by the coronavirus - African Americans. In 17 states, black women are twice as likely to be evicted as white renters, according to statistics from the American Civil Liberties Union.
"It is heartbreaking, just heartbreaking," says Chaz Stevens, Founder of ESAD Int'l. "Depression, anxiety, and stress are about to skyrocket. I'm hoping the Republican controlled Senate can get off its duff and pass the House-passed HEROES Act, which includes $100 billion in emergency rental assistance."
Pandemic on the Upswing.
Back in middle to late March, with the pandemic on the upswing, most local or state governments put a hold on evictions, which provided both a backstop for just-out-of-work renters and a firewall against further spread of the virus.
Now for the bad news, as moratoriums are coming to an end:
- 40% of states no longer offer renters any protection.
- The CARES Act protections only apply to less than one-third of the country's 108 million renters.
Missouri, like eight other states, never offered a single drop of eviction protection, pushing the decision down to county and city authorities.
Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against renters, as a study of eviction court outcomes in Kansas City from 2006-2016 showed that over 99% eviction cases went against the tenant.
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The new rules are an update to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) that sought to equalize the ability of people with disabilities to enjoy housing. Under the law, housing providers had to exempt those with disabilities from “no pet” rules and pet fees. But some of the gaps in the rules have been abused by those simply trying to bypass pet rules and fees. Others who are providing the letters have exploited uneducated consumers.
Some in the industry are applauding the new restrictions.
“Twenty-two dollar documents, deceitful business practices, unlicensed and unethical therapists, pets becoming service animals by clicking ‘submit’ — I see it every day,” said Chaz Stevens, CEO and founder of ESAD Int'l., which offers emotional support animal letters worldwide. He’s concerned the fake operators will undermine the legitimacy of a vital service, a lifeline, really, for the truly disabled who legitimately need accommodations.
“It’s about time Uncle Sam sent in the cavalry,” he added.
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