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Orange County’s Eviction Diversion Program has a total capacity of $20 million, and will provide up to $4,000 in past-due rent, paid to the landlord, for tenants/renters who are in imminent danger of eviction due to COVID-19.
Homeowners with Federal or Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) backed mortgages may be able to request forbearance or mortgage relief at this time. Additionally, services may be available for homeowners to enter into Foreclosure Prevention Counseling with their service provider.
Landlord-Tenant Education Series
A series of videos and frequently asked housing questions have been created in partnership with the Community Legal Series of Mid-Florida to educate residents on housing rights and preventing evictions.
In commemoration of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Orange County Domestic Violence Commission and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida will host a free webinar on October 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. for domestic violence survivors and entities serving this population. The following topics of discussion will be addressed:
- COVID-19 and Domestic Violence
- Housing rights of domestic violence survivors
- Available legal services for survivors in Orange County
- Law Enforcement engagement within domestic violence
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order will allow landlords to move forward with the eviction filing process for non-payment of rent for evictions that are not COVID-19 related. However, the Executive Order does not allow the Writ of Possession can only occur after 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2020.
Water service disconnections for nonpayment and late fees resumed September 28, 2020. If you have fallen behind on payments and need help bringing your account current, please call Orange County Utilities at 407-836-5515, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.