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Tenant Protection Program


The Tenant Protection Program was created to assist tenants with increasing rental rates by prohibiting rent gouging and establishing limits on annual rents. It also provides protection for unjustified evictions. This program helps to provide renters in Sacramento with more safety and stability when it comes to their homes.


Ordinance Revision: Annual Rent Adjustment

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the Sacramento City Council adopted an emergency ordinance amending Section 5.156.050 of the Sacramento City Code relating to the annual rent adjustment.

Effective immediately, the annual rent adjustment is now 5% plus the percentage of the annual increase in the California Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for all items, if any, but not to exceed a maximum of 10%. A tenant may not waive this limitation on the increase in rent. The CPI will be determined annually on April 1st. The CPI for April 2019 was calculated at 3.3%.

The current annual rent adjustment maximum rate is 8.3%.


The intent of the program is to provide safeguards when renting in city of Sacramento. Some of the key provisions include:

  • Limiting annual rent increases to 5% plus the change in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum increase of 10%.
  • Prohibiting evictions of tenants who have resided in a rental unit for more than 12 months without just cause.
  • Establishing a rental housing registry and an annual Tenant Protection Program fee for landlords that are subject to the code.
  • Establishing processes for tenants and landlords to submit petitions for hearings related to rent increases and evictions.
  • For more detailed information on the program, please read the Tenant Protection Program FAQ’s or the Tenant Protection and Relief Act ordinance. 


  • The Tenant Protection and Relief Act was adopted by the Sacramento City Council on August 13, 2019. Its effective date is September 12, 2019.
  • City Staff is currently developing administrative procedures to fully implement the Tenant Protection Program including processes to submit hearing request petitions and to file violation complaints.
  • City staff is tentatively scheduled to return to City Council in late September 2019 to establish the Tenant Protection Program fee amount and amend the budget for additional staff to administer the program.

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