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Florida Owner Mandates COVID-19 Vaccine for Residents and Staff

Florida Owner Mandates COVID-19 Vaccine for Residents and Staff

One Florida apartment owner announces a vaccine requirement for all residents and employees.

As the country continues to seek a path forward for pandemic recovery, the matter of vaccine mandates is affecting all industries, including rental housing. A recent situation in which an apartment owner has announced vaccine mandates for residents and staff recently appeared in the Washington Post, “Florida landlord says tenants must get coronavirus vaccine: ‘You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move.’

According to the article, Owner Santiago A. Alvarez is requiring proof of vaccination before moving in or renewing leases. He owns roughly 1,200 apartment homes in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Alvarez also mandated employees to be vaccinated—two did not and left their positions. Alvarez recovered from COVID-19, lost friends and saw residents die from COVID.

In addition, a new Florida law went into effect Sept. 16 that comes with a $5,000 fine if vaccine documentation is required.

We will continue to report on this story as it develops and share further developments as they happen.

Read the Washington Post article here.