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Click here to visit the COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium page for more tenant protection information in relation to COVID-19.


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.


Program staff are hosting a series of targeted webinars to provide tenants and landlords more information and answer questions. Please check back for upcoming webinars or you may request a webinar by emailing

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ABOUT Our Tenant Protection PROGRAM

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 remain in their rental units.

Read the full Tenant Protection and Relief Act Ordinance.


Tenant Petition Pre-Eviction Hearing
Only tenants who live within the Sacramento City limits and who have lived in the rental unit for more than 12 months (i.e., 12 months and one day) with the landlord’s consent are eligible for protection from eviction unless the landlord has what is known as “just cause”. For detailed information regarding the Pre Eviction Hearing Process, please review the Administrative Procedures.

Landlord Fair Rate of Return Petition
If a landlord has or will incur costs for the maintenance and operation of the rental unit, for capital improvements required for health and safety, or for housing services, and the rent proceeds, including the Annual Rent Adjustment amount, are insufficient to reasonably cover such costs; a landlord can file a “Landlord Petition for Rent Increase Hearing” under the Fair Rate of Return provisions of the Ordinance. For detailed information regarding the Fair Rate of Return Petition process, please review the Administrative Procedures.

To request the Tenant Pre-Eviction Hearing or Landlord Fair Rate of Return Petition form, please contact our office at (916) 808-8121 or email


Rental Property Registration and Program Fees:

  • Landlords must annually register rental units subject to 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.

Maximum Rate Increase Limit:

  • Rental rate increase cannot exceed 5% plus the change in the CPI as calculated by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
  • Maximum rental rate increase is updated annually. Effective July 1, 2021, the maximum rate increase will be 9%.
  • 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 for hearing examiner to review an increase rent above the maximum. Documentation required to justify request.

Eviction Protections

  • Landlord must offer to renew rental housing agreement if tenant has resided in unit for more than 12 months plus one day.
  • Evictions are prohibited without “just cause” once tenant has resided in rental unit for more than 12 month  


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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Program Information

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