A new measure in Florida would make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without a hearing, even if there is no criminal charge.
The new legislation would give courts more discretion to waive the eviction process for certain circumstances, including “substantial” financial loss.
The legislation, which passed the state Senate last week, would also give landlords the ability to refuse to let tenants move into a property they believe is unsafe.
Under the bill, a landlord who has a court judgment against them could request a waiver of the eviction.
If the judge approves the request, the eviction will automatically be waived if the landlord proves that the eviction is “necessary and in the best interests of the tenant.”
The legislation passed the Senate on a 32-9 vote, and the House approved it on a 33-12 vote.
The bill now goes to Gov.
Rick Scott for his signature.
The bill comes at a time when many states are moving to pass laws that could make eviction more difficult for tenants.
In Oregon, the state legislature passed legislation that would allow a judge to waive eviction without a criminal conviction, if the eviction would be “necessary to prevent serious injury to a family member.”
The bill also gives judges the ability “to order a tenant to vacate and return the rental unit to the landlord at the earliest opportunity.”
In the state of Minnesota, a bill that would create a system for landlords who evict tenants for nonpayment of rent, was passed in the legislature by a bipartisan majority, and now awaits Governor Mark Dayton’s signature.