It was bound to happen sooner or later, and Florida man HAD TO be the first to do it. According to Insider, a landlord here in the Sunshine State has started a huge controversy by requiring tenants in his apartments to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or find another place to live.
One tenant has already protested, saying renters should not be required to give up personal health information in exchange for a place to live. Santiago Alvarez says he will make exceptions for those with medical or religious reasons, but renters will still be required to take action or move on.
Florida landlord says tenants must get the covid vaccine: “You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move” https://t.co/eVyRekALHF— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 15, 2021
Alvarez controls over 1,200 units and has already seen 12 of his employees die from COVID-19. Alvarez went on to say that his workers are being needlessly subjected to risk when tenants don’t get themselves vaccinated.
He said most tenants are happy with the new requirement, but not all are onboard. Alvarez called it a “lack of consideration for your neighbor, it’s a lack of consideration to their own families, to their children.”
Earlier in the year, Governor Ron DeSantis introduced a law which forbids state agencies and businesses from requiring what he called a “vaccine passport”. This mandate appears to violate that law.
The law can levy a fine of $5,000 for each time it is broken. The case is far from over, and litigation will almost certainly follow.
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