A landlord in South Florida who owns multiple apartment complexes is requiring tenants to be vaccinate against COVID-19 or live someplace else, as reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The report also says that if you’re a current tenant, when it comes time to renew your lease, either get “the jab” or find another place to live. The new rental policy reportedly took effect in mid-August puts them on a collision course with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ vaccine passport ban, which prohibits businesses from requiring that customers be vaccinated. The landlord says 12 – 15 of his tenants have died of COVID-19 and an even larger number have gotten sick.
“We have to be concerned about our tenants and our employees,” Alvarez said in an interview. “All of these are private properties. We’re just trying to keep people safe and healthy. It’s going to cost us money, but we’re very firm on that.”
“Under the DeSantis-backed ban on “vaccine passports,” landlords could be subject to a $5,000 fine every time they ask a prospective tenant for documentation, said DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, after conferring with the governor’s legal counsel. Pushaw said she hadn’t previously heard of any Florida landlords requiring proof of vaccinations.”