A Florida mother was shocked last week to find that, in order to renew her lease at her apartment complex she must present proof of vaccination.
Jasmine Irby told Fox & Friends last week that when she discovered the notice, “there was no loophole, no working with me, no extensions and I literally had to walk away.”
Irby is concerned about having an eviction on her record as she has begun looking for another place to live.
“It was either get the shot or get out,” she told the program.
“August 17th, I’m leaving the house and I have this notice on my door that’s saying you have to show proof of vaccination before renewing your lease.”
“So, again, I was confused on exactly what we’re doing or what we’re talking about because I’m like, OK, at least they would have it in black and white and this is a signed agreement and I have to abide by whatever my landlord put in place,” she explained. “But, they literally told me it is not in the lease and, actually, what they told me was it is the same lease that I had the previous year before.”
According to The Hill, Irby has filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Landlord Santiago Alvarez told CNN last week, according to Fox 10, that he put the requirement in place following a number of COVID-19 deaths among residents of the buildings he owns despite threats from Republican Governor Ron DeSantis to fine businesses that require proof of vaccination.
“I think my decision was right, and I will defend it any way I can. If I get fined, I will go to court with it,” he Alvarez.
“You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move,” he told The Washington Post. “And if you don’t move, one must move forward with eviction.”
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