(CMR) Miya’s Law, named after Miya Marcano (19) who was killed by a maintenance worker while she was living in an Orlando-area apartment complex, is now in effect to help Florida tenants feel safer.
Police believe Marcano's killer was a maintenance worker who had access to Miya’s apartment. He had a prior felony and was found dead three days after Miya disappeared, from an apparent suicide.
Marcano was the daughter of Florida-based Trinidadian DJ Marlon Marcano (DJ Eternal Vibes), who performed in the Cayman Islands at numerous events.
While Miya’s Law was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis last June, it is one of several new laws that went into effect on January 1.
The law requires landlords to get a background check on apartment complex employees. People with a violent criminal history or anyone listed as a sexual offender or sexual predator will not be eligible for hire. Landlords will also have to give tenants 24 hours of notice before entering their apartments and keep a master log of who is accessing any master keys.
State Representative Anna Eskamani, who supported the legislation, said Miya's Law aims to make sure what happened to Miya won’t happen again.
“So many parents that send their kids off to college are worried about doing that because of what happened to Miya. And so, the hope is these protections will not only prevent another victim but also give security to those who live in Florida,” said Eskamani.