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NOTICE: The State of California COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act tenant eviction protections end on September 30, 2021. Other components of the act including rent relief are still in place. Click here for resources and more tenant protection information related to COVID-19.




Sacramento’s Tenant Protection Program was created to assist residential tenants with increasing rental rates by establishing limits on annual rent increases. For longer-term tenants, it also provides protection from unwarranted lease termination. The program helps provide renters in the City of Sacramento with more stability to help them remain in their rental unit.

Read the full Tenant Protection and Relief Act Ordinance.


Effective July 1, 2021, the annual rent adjustment maximum is 9%. For additional information on the annual rent adjustment including how it is determined, please click here.


Fees for rental properties are now available to pay online. To submit an online payment, please click here.






Three Primary Program Components

  • Rental Property Registration and Program Fees
    • Landlords must register rental units annually (subject to the code).
    • Landlords must pay an annual Tenant Protection Program fee of $20 per unit.
    • Registration information and program fee invoices are mailed directly to landlords.
    • Click here for more detailed information on the Tenant Protection Program Rental Property Registration process.
  • Maximum Rate Increase Limit
    • Maximum allowable rental rate increase cannot exceed 5 percent plus the change in the CPI.
    • Maximum rental rate increase is updated annually. Effective July 1, 2021, the maximum rate increase is 9 percent.
    • Rental rate cannot be increased more than once every 12 months and applies to all tenants regardless of how long they have resided in the unit.
    • Landlord can petition City to have hearing examiner review a rent increase above the maximum. Documentation is required to justify the request.
  • Eviction Protections
    • Landlord must offer to renew rental housing agreement if the tenant has resided in the unit for more than 12 months plus one day.
    • Evictions are prohibited without a “just cause” reason once tenant has resided in rental unit for more than 12 months.
    • For more detailed information on the “just cause” reasons for eviction and how to request a pre-eviction hearing if you believe a landlord has violated the code, click here.


Have questions on your rights and responsibilities? Need help with a rent increase or eviction notice? please contact us at 916-808-8121 or

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Additional Resources

Tenant Protection Program
Sacramento’s Tenant Protection Program assists residential tenants and landlords with questions about annual rent increase limits and protections for unjustified evictions, facilitating a fair rate of return or pre-eviction hearings, and administering and enforcing City code. 916-808-8121

Sacramento Self Help Housing / Renters Helpline
Nonprofit retained by the City of Sacramento to assists individuals and families who have insufficient resources for adequate housing due to the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act.
Renters Helpline: 916-389-7877 (916) 341-0593

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
SHRA is providing emergency rent and utilities assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19. In partnership with the City and County of Sacramento. 916-440-1390

Sacramento CARES Mediation Program
Sacramento’s Community Development Department retained the Sacramento Mediation Center to provide no-cost, voluntary dispute resolution services for tenants and landlords within the City of Sacramento. Continues while funding is available. 916-850-9010