The firm’s Oscar R. Rivera was quoted in today’s South Florida Sun Sentinel in the newspaper’s article on the status of the residential evictions moratorium headlined “Gov. Ron DeSantis Extends Florida’s Evictions Ban for One More Month to July 1.” The article reads:
. . . The moratorium pertains only to residential properties and not to commercial real estate such as office buildings, warehouses, free-standing retail shops and shopping malls.
Oscar Rivera, an attorney at the South Florida law firm of Siegfried Rivera, said Monday that clients who operate apartment buildings have not seen an outpouring of delinquencies since the coronavirus pandemic upended the economy. He surmised that is probably a result of loans and grant money flowing from the public sector to help keep businesses afloat.
“On the residential side, a lot of our clients who are owners of residential properties have been collecting a large percentage of rents,” he said. Commercial landlords, Rivera added, have been working out delays in rent payments for those tenants who need them.
“We represent all sorts of landlords and across the board; we have not seen a significant uptick in any kinds of defaults,” he said. “People are trying to look through this situation in the most favorable way possible.” . . .