Landlords up in arms over Gainesville’s comprehensive rental inspection program

A city in Gainesville program designed to inspect rental properties for safety and energy efficiency standards has cited landlords for many decorative touches like door paint and landscaping, inspection records show.

Landlords are so displeased that they have hired a lawyer to sue the city.

The more than 500 inspections that have taken place since October 1 include a mixed bag of violations.

Some have been potential life safety violations, such as no working fire alarms and hazardous wiring.

But many of the violations are not life-threatening, such as toilets and shower heads that the city claims use too much water.

Gainesville landlords and property managers complain that the violations go far beyond the stated intent of the program to ensure units are energy efficient and safe.

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