Rep. Demings introduces legislation to stop evictions during natural disasters

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando on Tuesday introduced new legislation that would automatically halt evictions and foreclosures during federally-declared emergencies.

What You Need To Know

  • U.S. Rep. Valerie Demings’ bill would stop evictions during natural disasters
  • Americans shouldn’t go homeless due to situations they can’t control, she said
  • But owner advocates say they can’t afford to go without getting paid
  • H.R. 5043 is headed to congressional committees for consideration

If signed into law, the Federal Disaster Housing Stability Act of 2021 would stop all evictions on rental properties, as well as foreclosures on properties with federally backed mortgages, according to a press release sent by Demings’ office.

“Disasters happen, but evictions during a disaster don’t need to,” Demings wrote in a statement. “We should not allow Americans to go homeless due to emergencies outside of their control.”

The bill, co-led by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-District 5) is similar to another piece of legislation introduced by the lawmakers in September. That bill died in Congress without receiving a vote.

Demings’ new bill would help provide a desperately needed safety net for vulnerable renters in times of crisis, housing advocates say.

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