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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… Read More

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The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will consider an emergency “just cause” ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 5.   To pass, an urgency ordinance requires approval from four of the five board members. The ordinance would immediately impose just-cause restrictions similar to those in AB 1482, the statewide rent control and just-cause eviction law taking effect Jan. 1.  

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The city of Sacramento announced the initial rent cap under the Tenant Protection and Relief Act, a new ordinance that limits rent increases and provides “just cause” tenancy protections. Effective Sept. 12, 2019, the maximum annual rent adjustment for an existing tenancy cannot exceed 8.5% within a 12-month period.  The new ordinance limits rent increases to 6% plus the annual Consumer Price Index. According to city staff, the CPI used to calculate the rent cap was 2.5%.  The allowed annual increase is calculated based upon the base rent, which is the monthly rent in effect on July 1, 2019, for tenancies commencing on or before Sept.12. For tenancies beginning after that date, the initial base rent is the monthly… Read More

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When Sacramento renters get caught illegally cultivating marijuana, it’s their landlords who get the bill — and it can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Over the past two years, the city has assessed $94 million in administrative penalties against property owners accused of violating the local cannabis ordinance, CapRadio has reported. The ordinance, which took effect in August 2017, limits the number of plants that may be cultivated at a property to six and charges $500 per plant in excess of that number.  And now, other California cities may be looking at Sacramento’s enforcement tactics as a possible model for their own marijuana-cultivation measures.   Sacramento City Hall Enforcement of… Read More

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Landlords with properties subject to Sacramento’s new rent control law will help fund the program through a $20-per-unit annual fee. The fee won approval Tuesday as the City Council ratified the budget for its new rent control and “just cause” eviction ordinance. More than 42,000 rental units are subject to the ordinance and the annual fee. The city will begin collecting it in spring 2020.

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The city of Sacramento is rushing to get the procedures, information and staffing in place before its newly approved rent control ordinance takes effect Sept. 12. The new ordinance, officially the Tenant Protections and Relief Act, passed as an urgency measure on Aug. 13, giving city staff only 30 days to put together the program. Because the ordinance was unveiled and passed with short notice, rental owners and property managers have many unanswered questions with less than two weeks before they must comply with the new restrictions on rent increases and evictions.

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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved a rent control and “just cause” eviction ordinance that will affect about 44,000 multifamily rental units in the city. The ordinance, accessible here, only applies to multifamily units built before February 1995, as well as downtown single-room residential hotels and mobile home rentals. Single-family and condo units are exempt, as are units owned, operated or subsidized by a government entity.

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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday will consider imposing rent control and “just cause” eviction policies on most of the city’s rental housing. The California Apartment Association urges its members to attend this meeting and speak out against the proposed ordinance, which is described in this city staff report. Jim Lofgren “Sacramento needs an influx of rental housing to keep pace with demand,” said Jim Lofgren, CAA’s senior vice president. “Bringing rent and eviction controls to the city will drive out investment in new housing and exacerbate our housing shortage. It also will leave many rental property owners without the… Read More

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A free workshop that will cover landlord-tenant law and other rental housing topics is coming to Roseville on Aug. 1. The workshop, presented by Legal Services of Northern California, will cover topics including: An overview of landlord-tenant law in California Best practices and emerging issues such as zoning, permits, disability rights and reasonable accommodations Sample housing case scenarios The training session is scheduled to run from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Maidu Community Center. It is designed for property owners currently renting or considering renting in Placer County. The event is being hosted by the city of Roseville, Roseville Housing… Read More

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The Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority will hold a stakeholder meeting next month to discuss proposed changes to its recycling-collection requirements at multifamily properties.

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