In 1991 the Voluntary Residential Inspection program started as a cooperative effort between the Gainesville Apartment Association and the three major law enforcement agencies in the county; the University of Florida Police Department, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Under the program, an apartment complex manager can request an inspection by telephone or mail. Specially trained law enforcement officers are assigned to conduct the inspection using standards cooperatively developed by the aforementioned law enforcement agencies, the Gainesville Apartment Association, the University of Florida Sudent Government, and the University of Florida. Upon successful completion of the inspection, a certificate, valid for two years is issued to the complex.The program is intended to provide prospective renters with information on rental properties that have voluntarily agreed to adhere to a basic set of community safety guidelines. They are considered minimum standards and are written to encourage voluntary compliance. The standards include proper posting of complex address, lighting, and landscaping. In short, this program benefits the potential renter as well as the property owner. Upon receipt of an inspection request, the University of Florida Police Department’s Community Services Division will coordinate an inspection along with the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The property owner will then be contacted to schedule both a day and evening period to conduct the inspection. An Online Apartment Inspection Request Form can be found here and submitted to the Community Services Division. Property owners provide three examples of each floor plan at the complex. The inspector randomly selects one example of each floor plan to be examined. No occupied properties will be inspected without the written consent and/or presence of the occupant. If you would like to view a copy of the inspection form, you can do so by clicking this link. You will need Acrobat Reader to view this document. Results of inspections are forwarded to the University of Florida’s Division of Housing. If you wish to obtain a copy of this list, which is updated as new properties are inspected, please contact the Housing Office 392-2171.You can also review the list on our web site by going to: http://www.police.ufl.edu/community-services/voluntary-inspection-program-list-of-off-campus-rental-apartments/
Additional information on this program may be obtained by calling the Community Services Division at (352) 392-1409 or the other partners involved the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (352) 336-2655 or the Gainesville Police Department (352) 334-2441.