Sign up for Property Watch
Sign up to receive email alerts that will notify you of changes to your property ownership in an effort to guard against unusual activity and potential fraud. To learn more about Property Watch, take a look at our FAQ section below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Property Watch?
The Alachua County Property Appraiser’s, Property Watch System is a free service designed to give property owners an extra layer of peace of mind. If we receive documents to change ownership of your property, you will be alerted automatically as long as you have signed up for the alerts and given a valid email address. Any changes to exemptions, agriculture classification, mailing address, owner name and combine/splits will be flagged automatically for you notifying you, the property owner, of this change. There are also other benefits such as transparency of our office and early warning to the owner in the rare case there is a change that was made in error by several agencies involved in these processes. If a change is done in error or other reasons, Property Watch will notify the owner of this change so that the owner can then notify our office and we can correct it before any changes on tax rolls are made final for the November tax bills.
Why should I sign up for Property Watch?
Property fraud is a very serious issue. Criminals can record fraudulent deeds transferring ownership and then try to mortgage, sell, or rent your property. Property Watch helps stop such unlawful acts by notifying you if there is a change of ownership on your property. Property Watch also serves as an early warning and transparency that something has changed with your property. As stated above on this page we are alerting on exemptions, owner name, owner mailing address, agriculture classification changes, exemption changes, and splits/combines of property. These changes may happen for many reasons such as you are initiating the change or the event of rare errors that could be recorded by any agency involved in the entire transaction of transferring titles, exemptions changes and much more.
What is home title fraud and how can Property Watch help me guard my property against it?
Home title fraud describes the act of a scammer changing the ownership of your property in a fraudulent way such as forging your name on a deed. Historically, property owners check the Property Appraiser’s website as well as updated documents from the Clerk of Court to verify they have not been a victim of home title fraud. With Property Watch, owners no longer need to parse through documents, instead they will receive email alerts in the event a change is detected in by our office.
How do you sign up for Property Watch?
To sign up, you will need be positively identified as the owner of the property you are requesting to receive alerts on by providing your Florida Driver’s License, or ID Card, and date of birth. You will also need your Parcel ID Number (Format 00000-000-000) which can be found on our website here. You can also search for a Tangible Personal Property Account for businesses (Format 000000) by using that account number that you can find here.
Who is eligible to sign up for Property Watch?
The Alachua County Property Appraiser’s Office provides this service to property owners in Alachua County at no cost. Our systems work seamlessly with Florida ID records. We cannot accommodate out-of-state owners at this time and each person that signs up must have a valid email address to receive the alerts. Once signed up, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this confirmation email, check your spam folder or re-sign up and make sure you have your correct email address in the correct field. If you DO NOT have a valid email address, you will NOT be signed up for Property Watch.
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Terms and Conditions
The Alachua County Property Appraiser’s Office (ACPA) makes every effort to produce and publish the most accurate and current information available. The information is maintained for tax roll purposes only and may not be appropriate for other uses. Our office does not guarantee or make any representation regarding the information contained herein. ACPA makes no representation regarding the completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of any information and data posted on our website or that such information and data will be error-free. In the event that the information on ACPA’s official printed documents differ from the information provided by this service, the information on such printed documents shall control and take precedence. This service is not a substitute for a title search.
Ownership records are changed based on deeds, court orders and vital records recorded with the Alachua County Records Division (Clerk of Court’s Office). ACPA has no legal authority to determine whether a deed is fraudulent. If you believe a deed recorded on your property is fraudulent, you should notify law enforcement and then notify ACPA. ACPA has no legal authority to determine who has the better title to property if the public records conflict as to ownership. Although we believe the information shown through Property Watch is the most accurate information we have, we are furnishing you this information without warranty, express or implied, of merchantability, fitness, fitness for any particular purpose, or accuracy as this is simply a free service to advise when an owner name, mailing address, exemption, combine/splits or agriculture classification ever changes from what those statuses were when you signed up for Property Watch.