A Florida landlord is requiring his tenants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue living on his property. According to Yahoo News, Santiago Alvarez announced in August that any new tenants as well as those renewing their leases would be required to show proof of vaccination.
The rule will also apply to his employees, who will face termination if they do not comply, The Washington Post reported. Alvarez, who oversees 1,200 apartment units, told The Post at least twelve of his tenants had already died from COVID-19.
The insider stated: “It very much upsets me that my employees are exposed to [covid-19] all days of the week because there is someone who does not want to get vaccinated,” Alvarez said. “If you don’t want to get vaccinated, I have the obligation and the duty to protect my workers and tenants.”
One tenant, Jasmine Irby, complained to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to protest Alvarez’s new policy, arguing she should be able to renew her lease “without having to disclose my personal health information,” The Post reported.
Irby, who does not plan on getting vaccinated, ultimately moved out when her lease ended in August. Alvarez told The Post most of his tenants were grateful for the new requirement. “You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move,” Alvarez said. “It’s a lack of consideration for your neighbor, it’s a lack of consideration to their own families, to their children.”