Alachua County will hold Residential Rental Permitting Program workshop on Jan. 17

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County is hosting a workshop to discuss the details of the County’s new Residential Rental Unit Ordinance and the permitting requirements for landlords. The workshop is on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium on the second floor of the County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville). Property owners, rental property managers, and other interested persons are invited to attend.

The public may view the meetings on Cox Channel 12 and the County’s Video on Demand website.

The permit application letters will be mailed out to property owners two to three weeks after the workshop, and the permit fee has been set at $122.00. The inspections will begin on October 1, 2023.

The rental permitting program regulates rentals that are rented for 30 consecutive days or more and covers properties with four units or fewer. The Rental Permitting Ordinance does not cover short-term rentals (Airbnb/VRBO, etc.).

“The County Commission has recognized that some residential rental units in the County are substandard and do not currently meet certain minimum housing codes and energy efficiency standards,” said Alachua County Acting Assistant County Manager Missy Daniels. “In order to address these issues, the County Commission adopted a Residential Rental Permitting Ordinance with minimum housing and energy efficiency standards that must be met in order for a landlord to rent a unit. The goal of the program is to ensure renters are living in safe, decent housing and to help alleviate the substantial cost burden many face from rising energy prices.”

Learn more about the Residential Rental Unit Permit Program.

  • And they don’t see that the more regulations you place on a property, the higher the rental price must be. Some folks can only afford a “substandard” property. What about them?

    • The AC BOCC (just like the GNV CC) could care less about the renter! They just want the $120 fee! Of course the renter will pay the $120 annual fee!

      AC BOCC sent out cards to everyone they feel is a potential landlord, stating “You have been identified as a potential landlord, come to our meeting”! If this isn’t Fascist tactics then I don’t know what is! Funny thing is (sarcasm), the BOCC adopted this after the previous GNV CC clowns passed theirs!

  • It makes you wonder if what this is leading to is that they will make it impossible for an owner to sell a house without a permit certifying energy efficiency, water conservation, etc.

  • Excluding “substandard” units will increase rental prices AND homelessness. Real smart.
    Instead, abolish subsidies and permit, require owner-occupied efficiency units.

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