Following record-high unemployment rates across Florida over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, Miami-Dade County officials on Tuesday announced a program that would utilize federal aid to relieve some of the financial burden placed on landlords and tenants.
Officials said $10 million from Congress' Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, would be issued to the county's COVID-19 Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program.
The program will provide landlords up to three months of past-due rent per unit, with a maximum of $5,000 per unit.
Landlords can apply for the program on their tenant's behalf if they meet the following criteria:
- Landlord owns five or fewer rental properties
- Past Rent that still has not been paid has not been reimbursed by any other source
- Properties are located in Miami-Dade County
- The current income of the tenant is at or below 120% Area Median Income (AMI).
- Tenant's current income must follow any job loss or income reduction due to COVID-19
- Proof of rent is provided showing that rent was current as of February 2020.
Landlords can apply online.