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Miami-Dade County Will Not Enforce Evictions During COVID-19 Emergency

March 16, 2020

By: James Walson, Adam Lewis & Ferran Arimon

The Miami-Dade Police Department announced that it would not enforce Writs of Possession during the current state of emergency in Miami-Dade County due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 


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A Writ of Possession is the final document issued following an eviction judgment and is necessary to regain possession in an eviction action. Self-help is not allowed in Florida. As a result, there is functionally no eviction enforcement procedure in Miami-Dade County for the immediate future. The Miami-Dade Police Department did not differentiate between commercial and residential evictions in the announcement. 

As of this writing, other counties have yet to follow-suit; however, more are likely to follow. We will continue to monitor the positions other counties are adopting. Despite an inability to serve a Writ of Possession in Miami-Dade County, Landlords may continue to prosecute evictions up to the point of the Writ of Possession. With this uncertainty, Landlords should turn to voluntary workouts with their tenants in counties where evictions are not being enforced.For up-to-date news please follow our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team page.

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James

James Walson represents title insurance companies, commercial landlords, property owners, buyers and lenders throughout Florida – in both transactional and litigation real estate matters. 


James Walson’s passion for advocacy began at an early age through watching his father, Pete, serve as a City Commissioner in Stuart, Florida and continued through high school and college as an award-winning debater. Today, Jamie, as he is called by clients and friends, is a real estate lawyer representing title insurance companies, commercial landlords, property owners, buyers and lenders throughout Florida – in both transactional and litigation matters. He has negotiated commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements for retail space, office buildings and medical offices.

Many clients turn to Jamie for his real property litigation experience as well. He has litigated matters involving contracts, title insurance liability, commercial landlord / tenant matters, easements, fraud, deed warranties, boundary disputes, adverse possession, lien priority and access rights. In addition, he has conducted appeals before the Second District Court of Appeal and the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

A fan of – and participant in – improvisational theater, Jamie counts on his humor in navigating difficult negotiations and litigation.  He is an avid golfer, is on the board of the First Tee of Central Florida, and is a father to three boys.

Adam

Adam Lewis focuses his legal practice on real estate development, commercial litigation, finance and transactions, condominiums, commercial leasing, commercial lending, and title insurance.


Specifically, Adam is responsible for contract and lease negotiation and drafting, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, negotiation and structuring of credit facilities and review of title insurance matters. He represents clients in the acquisition, financing, development and disposition of retail centers, hotels, golf courses and other resort related developments, industrial properties, office buildings, restaurants, retirement communities, shopping centers and vacant land.

Ferran

Ferran Arimon is an attorney in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Group. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition, financing, development and leasing of various property types, as well as construction financings and re-financings. His practice also includes corporate and securities law.

Ferran regularly advises buyers, sellers, developers, landlords and tenants in real estate transactions related to multifamily developments, industrial properties, office buildings, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, retirement communities and vacant land. He also assists clients with leasing contracts, title review and survey analysis, contract negotiation for purchase and sale, due diligence, negotiation of transfer documents and finalizing of transaction closings.

Additionally, Ferran has experience in corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and tax law. He has worked with clients to structure financing transactions in compliance with federal and state securities laws, having represented both public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions, capital raising, and corporate governance matters. He has also counseled clients on a broad range of tax issues and business planning issues from entity selection and formation to dissolutions.

Prior to law school, Ferran was an analyst at real estate investment management company in Miami. His role centered around underwriting, valuing, and identifying acquisition opportunities for distressed or value-add commercial and residential real estate acquired through joint ventures, direct Investments and non-performing loans portfolios.

Fluent in Spanish, Ferran regularly writes articles on a variety of emerging legal issues.

Ferran earned his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his MBA from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. Prior to law school, he received his undergraduate degree from Babson College, where he majored in finance and was a member of the men’s tennis team.

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