The FCAA office is open for vistors. We do encourage mask wearing and social distancing in our office. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
All Committee meetings will be held via conference call during this time.
FCAA has created special new resources and communication for your renters with links to resources for those individuals who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
Do you need help with cleaning or PPE? Well our FCAA Supplier Community is here for you! Follow the link to see the companies that can offer you services related to COVID-19.
FCAA has created a list of local government activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click on the link below to access the most current information.
In an effort to help FCAA members navigate the patchwork of reopening regulations that are being enacted by local governments across the state, FAA has created a "Local Government COVID-19 Reopening Policies Tracker" spreadsheet for members. This spreadsheet will be updated as new local regulations are enacted.
As FCAA members determine the best process for reopening amenities and common areas, there are several important factors to consider. Below is a list of best practices and additional background information from the CDC, NAA, the State of Florida, and your local governments to assist FCAA members in developing re-opening procedures.
Please take a look at these additional external resources:
Note: Below you will find COVID-19 related updates, including but not limited to: eviction statuses, Governor Executive Orders, and assistance programs.
COVID-19 Eviction Statuses
4/20/21 Update - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues rule to support Federal eviction moratorium.
3/29/21 Update- The CDC extended the federal eviction moratorium through June 30th. The CDC extended its federal eviction moratorium order
through June 30, 2021. The announcement included modifications, while the core elements of the order remain in effect.
First Coast Updates -
City of Jacksonville
- The Mask mandate that was enacted by Mayor Curry in June of 2020 has expired. “Since the start of the pandemic, the decisions I’ve made have been based on data. I’ve worked with hospital leadership, researchers, emergency management, and more to make decisions that will help keep our community safe. At this time, based on current data, I have decided to lift the mask mandate that requires masks be worn indoors, in public spaces, where you could not be six feet apart,” Curry said in a statement.
- Curry said that even though he decided to lift the mandate, businesses can still require customers to wear masks.
- "This action demonstrates that we are another step closer to getting back to normal, but we are not there yet,” he said. “I encourage citizens to continue to take personal responsibility and make choices that they feel best to protect themselves, their loved ones, and neighbors. Wear a mask when you can’t social distance, wash your hands frequently, and, if you are eligible, I encourage you to get the vaccine.” Click here for more information.
State of Florida
- On April 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 21-81, effectively banning so-called 'vaccine passports.' Under the order, state agencies are prohibited from issuing documentation that certifies an individual's vaccination status. Additionally, businesses are barred from asking guests to present a vaccination record to be eligible to receive service. Click here for more information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- A couple of weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised their social distancing guidelines from six feet to three feet. This abrupt change to the status quo is part of an effort to return students to the classroom; however, teachers and other adult staff must continue to adhere to the previous six feet stipulation. Click here for more information.
- The CDC extended its eviction moratorium until June 30th, 2021. This moratorium has been challenged in several different federal courts but is currently still in effect. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.
On September 25, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244
, moving all of Florida’s 67 counties into Phase 3 of the governor's re-opening plan. Please click here to learn more about the order.
Clay County began accepting applications for their CARES Family Individual Assistance Grant program on July 27th. Family and individual grants for Clay County residents who have suffered an economic hardship are available in the form of a one-time cash payment of up to $1,000 per household to assist with mortgage, rent, or utility payments. Qualifying residents must prove an economic loss on or after March 1, 2020, that is directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to learn more.
Flagler County created a CARES Individual Assistance Grant on July 23rd. Flagler County invested $5 million to assist individuals negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual grants of up to $1,000 will be available for eligible Flagler County residents. Funds from this program will assist residents by helping to bridge financial gaps for rent, mortgage, or an eligible utility expense. Applications open July 23rd. Please click here to learn more.
The City of Jacksonville issued Emergency Proclamation 2020-005 which requires individuals to wear face masks in all public & indoor locations, and in other situations where individuals cannot socially distance starting on Monday, June 29th. Every operator, employee, customer or patron of a business establishment must wear a face mask or covering at all times while at that business establishment unless he or she is able to engage in social distancing or unless wearing a face mask or covering significantly interferes with the provision or receipt of goods or services offered or received at that establishment.
JEA's moratorium on utility disconnections ends July 7th. In response to this, Jacksonville's City Council is considering creating a utility assistance program, which will provide $200 to 10,000 households. There will be restrictions for who can apply, which have yet to be determined. Please click here to learn more. This page will be updated, once more information becomes available.
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-139
, which moves Florida into what the governor is calling “Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.” The order goes into effect on Friday, June 5th, 2020. The Governor makes many changes in his Phase 2 announcement; however, below you find the changes most pertinent to the apartment industry:
Gyms and fitness centers are allowed to operate at full capacity, but should maintain appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.
This order removes the 10 person per group restriction. All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.
For a full analysis of Executive Order 20-139, please click here.
The City of Jacksonville's local state of emergency has expired. Mayor Lenny Curry's Emergency Executive Proclamation 2020-003 extended the local state of emergency until May 31st. It is important to keep in mind that the city is still under the state's declaration of a state of emergency.
Jacksonville City Council announced they will replenish the Stimulus Program with $5 million. The money is coming from CARES Act funding that the city received.
City Council also approved a financial relief package that will give $2,000 grants to 4,500 local small businesses, self-employed workers and sole proprietors.
Businesses must employ fewer than 100 people and have lost as much as 25 percent of their revenue since February. The council also voted Tuesday to expand eligibility to sole proprietors or people who receive a 1099 tax form.
The grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Business owners will apply for the money on a website that is yet to be launched. Applicants must demonstrate losing at least 25 percent of their revenue directly related to the coronavirus outbreak, and business owners must show how many workers they employed as of Feb. 20.
, the following counties submitted their safety plan and have been approved by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to resume short term rental operations: Duval County, Flagler County
, Clay County, St. Johns County
, and Nassau County.
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-123
. This order moves Florida into what the Governor is calling "Full Phase One" on Monday, May 18th. It allows gyms and fitness centers to reopen at 50 percent capacity so long as they adopt safety measures including social distancing and have sufficient cleaning supplies. Gyms must comply with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) guidelines. This order also permits counties to seek approval to operate vacation rentals with a written request from the county administrator and the county’s safety plan for vacation rental operations, which must be submitted to the DBPR secretary for review.
Mayor Lenny Curry issued Emergency Executive Proclamation 2020-003, which extended the local state of emergency until May 31st.
Mayor Curry verbally confirmed that Apartment Community amenities can begin reopening.
Mayor Lenny Curry signed Ordinance 2020-235, which establishes the Jacksonville COVID-19 Relief Program. This program will provide $1,000 grants to 40,000 households that meet certain criteria. To learn more please click on the link below. Ordinance 2020-235 also places a moratorium on certain mobility fees.
Jacksonville’s Stimulus Package is no longer providing financial relief. All 40,000 appointments for the mortgage, rent and utility relief (stimulus) program have been claimed.
The University of North Florida community has committed almost $700,000 in direct funds for the University of North Florida’s Student Emergency Relief Fund. The fund provides scholarships that assist students facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Lenny Curry announced a stimulus payment program for residents of Jacksonville. This legislation has yet to be codified and the specifics are mostly unknown. To learn more about the program, please access this FAQ.
Mayor Lenny Curry extended the declaration of emergency until May 13th. This does not extend the city's safer-at-home order.
4/5/20 Update -
Three Day Notices would traditionally be due today, but see this important update from Attorney Harry Heist regarding delivering Three Day Notices during Executive order 20-94.
4/2/20 Update -
The Federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Friday, March 27th. Please check out this excellent resource below from the Florida Apartment Association to see how the new CARES $2 Trillion stimulus will affect the Multifamily industry.
4/1/20 Update -
Jacksonville's Mayor Curry and Governor Ron DeSantis have both issued "Safer - At - Home" orders. FCAA has compiled a list of FAQ's as a resource to our members!
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on 3/18/20. This new law will affect companies with more than 25 employees and fewer than 500 employees.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was pass by the Federal Government on Friday, March 27th. This stumulus package was the largest in history. Check out the excellent resource below from FAA on how this new law will affect the multifamily industy!
3/31/20 Update -
Rent is Due April 1st. FCAA has created special new resources and communication for your renters with link to resources for those individuals who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
3/24/20 Update -
Mayor Lenny Curry issued an Administrative order mandating a work from home option.
You can find more information here.
3/20/20 Update -
An Administrative order has been issued to stop all evictions in Duval County until April 3rd.
You can find more information here.
3/18/20 Update -
President Donald Trump declared the suspension of evictions and foreclosures on properties backed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development until the end of April.
This applies to single- family homes with a mortgage backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD.
Check out more information here.
3/18/20 Update -
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry requests landlords to temporarily stop evictions as part of the city's response to COVID-19.
Check out more information here.
Watch the full video of the press conference here.
Event and Class Updates -
Trade Show: 2021 FCAA Trade Show Scheduled for Thursday, July 29th, 2021 at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
Circle of Excellence Awards: The Circle of Excellence awards will be held on Friday, April 30th at The Florida Theater.
New Construction Property Bus Tour - Rescheduled! - 10/23/20
Trade Show - Cancelled
7/10/20 - The FCAA Board of Directors met and made the prudent decision to cancel the 2020 Trade Show. They are looking forward to making the 2021 Trade Show bigger and better!
CDC Guidance as of 3/07/2021
CDC continues to recommend that large gatherings be avoided, particularly those in which physical (social) distancing cannot be maintained between people who live in different households. This guidance is intended for those who are planning a large event, such as sporting events, concerts, festivals, conferences, parades, or weddings. CDC also has resources for those attending large events and visiting with family and friends.
CDC offers the following guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Event planners should work with state and local health officials to implement this guidance, adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. This guidance is meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which gatherings must comply.