Some Gainesville landlords in shock about city proposal that could affect renters


“I feel a little blind-sided first of all,” says Martin-Back,

Terry Martin-Back, a Broker Associate at EXIT Realty in Gainesville was shocked when he heard about a city proposal that would change how landlords deal with tenants who haven’t renewed their lease.

“We already have Florida statutes that explain tenants’ rights, landlord rights and what we can do, but this is all one sided,” says Martin-Back.

This is what it says:

Landlords need to give tenants 48 hours’ notice before a landlord can show the property.
Landlords can only show the property twice a month and between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If the landlord ignores the proposed ordinance - tenants will receive two months’ free rent or double the security deposit, whichever is greater.

State law already requires a 24 hour notice, and Martin-Back says forcing times and hours only hurts the landlord.

“We can call them within 24 hours, we can text them, we email them, and we Facebook message them telling them we will be showing them their property, and when we get there, they still don’t open the door to show the property,” says Martin-Back.

He says tenants feel like showing their property is a nuisance—but explains, it’s not their property at all.

“I think the commission forgets that we actually own and manage this property,” says Martin-Back.

We tried to reach out to City Commissioner David Areola who is proposing the new ordinance, but he hasn’t responded.

Martin-Back sent an email to commission, with suggestions that he says would help balance the proposal, and says he hasn’t received a response either.

“Local government has to make an area safe and take care of amenities around the city, but when it comes to private property rights, they have no business being there,” says Martin-Back.

He says the market shouldn’t be messed with.

“Let the market take control of the market,” says Martin-Back.

You can stick with CBS 4 for updates on voting results, and other potential ordinance changes.

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