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Tenant Protection Program

ABOUT THE 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.

NEW!

On March 17, 2020, the Sacramento City Council adopted an emergency ordinance to establish a temporary moratorium on evicting residential tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). On March 24, 2020, the emergency ordinance was amended to add commercial tenants and to waive late fees. This moratorium will end once the Governor’s Executive Order issued on March 16, 2020 terminates. 

The City’s ordinance allowing non-payment of rent has been extended based on Governor’s Executive Order issued on May 29, 2020. The City’s ordinance now extends to July 28, 2020. Tenants still have 120 days thereafter to pay back rent and avoid eviction under the City’s ordinance, which would be until November 25, 2020. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information. 

ATTENTION CITY OF SACRAMENTO RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS:
PLEASE SUBMIT THE DELAY OF RENT PAYMENT FORM DIRECTLY TO YOUR LANDLORD.

 

COVID-19 Business Video Series: City of Sacramento’s Temporary Moratorium on Commercial Evictions

 

 

 

Tenant Protection Program Information

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.

NEW ANNUAL RENT ADJUSTMENT MAXIMUM RATE

Effective July 1, 2020, the annual rent adjustment maximum rate will be 6%.

Annual rent adjustment is 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%. The CPI is determined annually based on the April 1st CPI which is released by the Department of Industrial Relations in mid-June. The April 2020 CPI was calculated at 1%. A tenant may not waive this limitation on the increase in rent.

KEY PROGRAM PROVISIONS

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. 

PROGRAM STATUS

  • 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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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CONTACT US

Phone: 916-808-8121

Email: tpp@cityofsacramento.org