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ABOUT THE Tenant Protection PROGRAM

The Tenant Protection Program was created to assist residential tenants with increasing rental rates by establishing limits on annual rent increases. It also provides protection from unwarranted lease termination for longer term tenants. This program helps provide renters in the City of Sacramento with more stability when it comes to remaining in their rental units.


Effective July 1, 2020, the annual rent adjustment maximum rate is 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. The CPI is determined annually based on the change in pricing between April of the prior year and is reported by the Department of Industrial Relations. The April 2020 CPI was reported at 1%.

The term “rent” includes utility and other charges imposed by the landlord for the use and occupancy of the rental unit. A tenant may not waive this limitation on the increase in rent. Landlords can petition for a higher rental increase based on certain factors.


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%.
  • Limiting rent increases to only once in a 12-month period.
  • Requiring landlords to renew leases once a tenant has resided in the unit for more than 12 months.
  • Prohibiting evictions of tenants who have resided in a rental unit for more than 12 months without “just cause”.
  • Establishing a rental housing registry.
  • Establishing processes for landlords and tenants to submit petitions for hearings by an independent examiner related to obtaining a higher rent increase and challenging the basis for eviction. There is no fee for these hearings. A landlord cannot proceed to evict a tenant if the hearing examiner finds there is no basis to terminate the lease.
  • For more detailed information on the program, please read the Tenant Protection Program FAQ’s and 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 was September 12, 2019.
  • City staff are developing Administrative Procedures to fully explain the Tenant Protection Program, including the hearing process for landlord and tenant petitions and how to file complaints if a landlord violates the ordinance.
  • In September 2019, the Sacramento City Council approved an annual Tenant Protection Program fee of $20 per rental unit. It is anticipated that the invoices will be mailed to landlords in early Spring 2021. 

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