An urgency ordinance preventing termination of tenancies without cause in Sacramento County failed to muster enough votes to pass.
The ordinance was intended to stop rental owners from ending tenancies in order to avoid rolling back rents or being stuck with below market rents once a new state law, Assembly Bill 1482, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Similar ordinances were recently passed in several jurisdictions throughout California, including Los Angeles and Milpitas.
The ordinance was proposed by Supervisor Phil Serna after several residents of Bell Oaks Apartments, with the support of tenant-advocacy organizations, demanded that the Board of Supervisors approve the urgency ordinance to prevent an “epidemic” of evictions. The owners of the apartment are selling the property and recently issued over 40 termination notices to residents.
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