State Moratorium on Evictions Ends June 2

first_imgAn executive order suspending residential evictions in Florida for non-payment of rent expires Tuesday, June 2 at 12:01 a.m.Gov. DeSantis, who signed the moratorium on April 2, had extended the deadline from May 15.As for another extension, “I haven’t decided yet. Pretty soon, we’ve got a bunch of different things that are expiring,” Gov. DeSantis says.Local real estate attorney Phil Revah explains, “For residential tenants don’t be so sure that you can’t be evicted because non-payment of rent is only one ground among many grounds that a tenant can be evicted on.”A tenant could also be evicted for housing unauthorized residents or for illegal activity. Those types of evictions are not prevented under the governor’s order.“A lot of tenants are walking around who think they are immune and a lot of landlords are walking around who think they are powerless to do anything, well that’s not the case,” adds Revah. “My advice to them is to try and work out a resolution without jumping into a court action, without filing an eviction lawsuit for possession against their tenants.” However, certain steps need to be considered when a landlord is determined to evict a tenant.Revah explains, “Like Palm Beach County for instance, you can file the suit, you can serve the tenant, the clerk of the court is issuing summons against tenants, even residential tenants that fail to pay rent and you could even precede to a judgment of eviction.”Even if the state moratorium does end on June 2, some residents will still have more time.For landlords who have a federally backed mortgage, the Federal CARES Act stops the filing of those evictions until July 25.Click hereto determine protection from the moratorium on evictions.last_img read more

‘Keepers’ of the Bling

first_imgDuring the past year we have heard all of the verbiage concerning the lockout or should I say legal and economic arm wrestling between the NFL and its players. The lockout or strike, depending on what side of the fence that you sit on, is now in its eleventh week. Regardless of what “we” think or feel, this interruption of America’s version of “Gladiators Daily” is not about the love or playing the sport of pro football. The responsibility belongs to more than the players, owners and NFL in regards to disrupting America’s football “fix.”Oh say can’t you see the greed of the sports agents? These are the guys and gals that have never “busted a grape” on the field, However they are bustin’ the pocketbooks of young athletes exiting the colleges and universities of America looking for the “goose that laid the golden egg, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. They urge them to sign flawed and almost totally one sided agreements which may include “deferred money” clauses that enable teams to satisfy their financial obligations to certain athletes just prior to those individuals qualifying for Social Security. A few of these misguided players may have to go see J.G.Wentworth; in order to get a percentage of their loot before they meet their maker. They may have to shout from a few rooftops; “It’s my money and I want it now.” How much of the agent’s loot is deferred? Historically, not much.According to the business insider the top ten sports agents are; 1. Scott Boras who currently has negotiated contracts in excess of $701M. 2.Fernando Cuza who holds deals worth more than $389M. 3. Tom Condon has players whose gross value is in excess of $326M. 4. Art Tellem $334M. 5. Rob Pelinka, $274M. 6. Bill Duffy, $274M. 7. Dan Lazano, $269M. 8. Casey Close, $259M. 9. Leon Rose, $254M. 10. Dan Fegan, $255M. Now let’s bring out the ole calculators, ladies and gents. That adds up to quite a few Brussels sprouts. Here are a few of the payment methods that determine how agents get paid. Percentage—Agent takes a percentage of a contract, typically 3-5 percent. Time—Agent, typically an attorney, charges an hourly rate, typically $400/hour. Flat-Fee—Agent may agree to perform services for a flat fee. Combination – Agent charges by a combination of these methods. Now it should be pretty easy to see how a young man from the inner-city and his “folks” could be easily manipulated by “the sly, the slick and the wicked, wicked, wicked, yeah” you dig. Especially those athletes whose scholastic endeavors equaled a few less bricks less than it took to make a full load.Some of these “agents” remind me of ambulance chasers. Don’t fake the funk and don’t put on your amnesia hat. You either have to personally know someone who has the old neck brace on with a perfectly good neck or knows of someone, who knows of someone that is bothered more by the neck brace than the imaginary injury itself. The only big difference between a sports agent and an ambulance chaser is that agents usually attempts to hide injuries as opposed to profiling them. Not all agents are unscrupulous but finding one would be like finding a laborer from a fertilizer processing plant smelling like she was wearing “White Diamonds” just prior to her finishing her shift. If the income of agents had a ceiling in regards to compensation of agents there would be no need for greed because there would be no motivation to sculpture economically perverted contracts.For example; let’s begin with first round NFL contracts. Theoretically, if an agent could only earn $500,000-1M on a contract of a player drafted in the first round then attempting to secure a $15-20 million dollar deal would be counter-productive because there would be almost no logical reason or incentive for the agent to gouge the team, or the player.The feudal and serf-like fiscal scheme utilized in professional sports was built upon and is sustained by cronyism, nepotism, shady smoky “backroom-ism” and every crafty and creepy ism and “schism” that will keep the money in the hands of the few and out of the hands of the many. These secret agent men have given us all numbers and have taken away our names. Do you really want to bring credibility to sports? Forget about writing your local Senator or Congressperson.Write the greedy sports agents. Make them aware of your true feelings. Tell them it is not their money. It’s your money and you want it now. Every product advertised on television that is connected with sports, you buy it. All of the team shirts and jackets and shoes peddled everywhere, you buy it. If not public dollars, there would be no dollars for anyone. Let them know that if they do not respect “Union currency” then you can always revert to the confederate “loot” hidden in the attic.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Greening The Holidays

first_imgFacebook58Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteWe all know the holidays are about family and spending time with loved ones. Sometimes though, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture amidst the holiday shopping scramble, hosting relatives from near and far, and the desire to please even the most Grinch-like of guests. Added to all of the holiday stress is the fact that Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than they do during any other time of the year. The added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper and decorations add up to an additional 1 million tons of waste each week. That’s a lot of trash. There is another way.Give the gift of an experience, such as tickets or a season pass to a local theater. Photo courtesy Karen Crooks.Consider doing something a little different for the holidays this year by going green with these alternative gift ideas. They will help you generate less waste, connect with your community, and they may even spark your creativity.The gift of time or experience. Gifts of time and experience are a chance for the recipient to try something new and make memories that will last longer than a new pair of running shoes.Purchase a gift certificate to a new restaurant, or tickets to a sporting event, live music, or theater production.Offer up your time and share a skill such as canning, crafting, gardening, or music lessons.Sign someone up for a class they have been wanting to try, such as pottery, an instrument, or learning a new language.Homemade preserves are a gift from the heart that is sure to be appreciated (and consumed).Make it homemade. From food to crafts, homemade gifts are an affordable and creative way to add a personal touch to any gift.Homemade preserves are a delicious gift.Put together a cookbook full of family recipes.Make a special calendar with important family dates to remember and decorate with personal photos.Make and decorate a coupon book for services you can provide, such as babysitting or washing a car.Go with recycled or reusable gifts. For those friends and family who don’t mind re-gifting, the possibilities are endless!Pass along your favorite book.Shop at thrift stores for one-of-a-kind finds.Give a travel mug, reusable water bottle, or cloth sandwich bags that will help reduce future waste.Donate to a cause. Although there are plenty of things we all want, many of us are lucky enough to already have everything we need. Talk with your loved one to find a cause they care about and donate in their name.Creative, recycled or reusable gift wrap help reduce waste during the holidays.Alternative gift wrap. Ribbons and many wrapping papers aren’t recyclable. Instead consider these alternatives:Use newspaper or the comics page for an added touch of humor.Reuse gift boxes or bags from previous years.Make the wrapping a part of the gift by using a flower pot, basket, scarf, or cloth napkins.Skip the ribbons and use natural materials like dried flowers, tree boughs, or small pine cones.For even MORE information on greening your holidays, including green decorating ideas, tree recycling, and what to do with all of your holiday waste, visit our Waste-Free Holidays website at read more