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Florida Landlord Plans To Evict Unvaccinated Tenants


A Florida landlord has announced he will evict any tenant who refuses to get vaccinated.

Several reports from Florida have revealed that Santiago A. Alvarez who owns eight apartments complexes with over 1,000 units, will not renew unvaccinated tenant’s leases.

Alvarez has gone on record saying “you don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move and if you don’t move, one must move forward with eviction”.

Some tenants have moved out since Alavrez has made a new mandate and have hired counsel to file a lawsuit against Alvarez because his vaccine requirements goes against Governor Ron DeSantis’ most recent Executive Order that bans businesses to ask for vaccine passports.

CSN covered the troubling story:

A landlord in South Florida is requiring tenants to get vaccinated or face eviction, despite Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order that prohibits businesses from requiring proof of vaccination, reported The Washington Post on Sept. 15.

“It very much upsets me that my employees are exposed to [COVID-19] all days of the week because there is someone who does not want to get vaccinated,” Santiago A. Alvarez, the landlord, told The Post. “If you don’t want to get vaccinated, I have the obligation and the duty to protect my workers and tenants.”

Along with his executive orders, DeSantis has fought against vaccine and mask mandates in Florida, arguing immunization is a personal choice that individuals must make for themselves.

CNN covered the story but of course they sided with the landlord:

A South Florida landlord is requiring new tenants over the age of 18 or any adult tenants who want to renew a lease in one of the 1,200 units he manages to provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination.

Santiago Alvarez told CNN he has no plan to change his rule despite threats from Gov. Ron DeSantis to fine businesses that require proof of vaccination.
Alvarez said he made the decision a month ago after seeing too many of his tenants die from Covid-19.

“I think my decision was right, and I will defend it any way I can. If I get fined, I will go to court with it,” he told CNN.


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