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City of Gainesville Hosts Online Events About Changes to Residential Rental Property Regulations

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville has scheduled several online events in the coming weeks to ensure both renters and landlords are familiar with the City’s new ordinance governing residential rental properties. The new ordinance, titled “Residential Rental Unit Permits,” becomes effective Oct. 1.

The first of four 90-minute Zoom webinars is scheduled at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 30.

  • Neighbors are invited to join tomorrow’s webinar through this link. (Webinar ID: 954 1497 9210)
  • Participants will be able to view an online presentation about the new ordinance and ask questions of City staff in the chat feature.

Additional webinars about the changes are scheduled as follows: Thursday, April 1 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, April 7 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, April 15 at 9 a.m. Each webinar is accessible through the same link and webinar ID. Recordings of the webinars will be posted online.

Tomorrow’s webinar (March 30) will be followed by a virtual town hall at 7:15 p.m. with Gainesville City Commissioner Reina Saco.

  • Neighbors are invited to join the virtual town hall through this link.
  • Neighbors can call in to the virtual town hall with questions by dialing the toll-free public participation line at 1-800-876-7516.
  • Individuals who solely wish to listen by phone can dial 1-301-715-8592 and enter Meeting ID: 891 0841 4934. 
  • The town hall will be streamed live on Facebook, the City of Gainesville website and on COX Cable Channel 12, and will be archived online.

The Gainesville City Commission began the process of updating the current ordinance governing regulated residential rental property in November 2018. The commission created a Rental Housing Subcommittee that gathered input from stakeholders – including landlords, tenants, realtors and neighbors – at its 12 meetings during the subsequent six months.

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In Sept. 2020, the new Residential Rental Unit Permits ordinance was adopted, establishing annual permits, compliance inspections, and new minimum life safety, energy efficiency, and property maintenance standards for all residential rental units within the city limits. The new ordinance takes effect Oct. 1.

  • Yes massa Poe…I do whatever’s you want me to do. Just please don’t fine me no more, please don’t raise my rental fees, please don’t keep raising my costs of owning property. Please, please start paying a little attention to the persons who voted for you.

    You only thought you owned a property in Gainesville.

    Welcome to the City of Gainesville plantation.

  • So, we have to watch a zoom thing to find out what
    Government is doing to us? They should be mailing out a
    Sheet to the landlords…one thing for sure, now that
    The C of G did this, forget about the words “affordable housing”…all the extra BS, aggravation,
    & costs will be shifted to the tenants!!!! Ha, ha, ha,
    Ha…the unintended consequences of government
    Intervention….they should mind their own biz and
    Fix the potholes in the streets or do something about
    The exploding vagrant bum explosion the city is having….rents are going up up up like that livable wage crap….ha ha ha…the unintended consequences….shhhh….I don’t want to say it…
    Thanks c of g, your gonna make me rich cause I’m
    Doubling the rents!!!! Laughing my way all the way to
    The bank!! Boy you commissioners are stupid listening to “woke commis”! Ha ha ha ha!!!
    Stupid is as stupid does….if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
    There’s gonna be more homeless out their by 39th
    & Waldo rd….take a look for yourself…squatters right
    There on Waldo road under the tree…looks likes a
    Nice spot close to Grace Mkt…”build it and they will come”…ha, 10 yr plan to end homelessness…ha ha ha ha ha….you commissioners ruined our city and now ruined affordable housing by getting involved…
    Hahaha…rents are going up!!!!!!!!!!

  • Welcome to the People’s Republic of Gainesville and Alachua County.

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