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After Sacramento County issued a “stay at home” directive Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance temporarily banning the eviction of tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by COVID-19. The ordinance took effect immediately and will run until the governor’s executive order N-28-20 issued Monday terminates May 31, unless it is extended. The ordinance covers all units in the city of Sacramento, states the tenant’s loss of income must be related to COVID-19 and outlines the following wage-loss reasons: The tenant is sick with COVID-19 or has to care for a… Read More

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At a “state of housing” event hosted by the California Apartment Association last week, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg doubled down on his opposition to placing a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure on the city ballot. Steinberg also said that AB 1482, the statewide rent cap legislation that took effect Jan. 1, presents a thoughtful approach to preventing price gouging and renter displacement. The mayor was the guest speaker at a CAA issue-briefing breakfast March 6 for a small group of rental owners, property management executives and multifamily developers.

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In a decision that could have statewide implications, the California Energy Commission on on Feb. 20 approved an alternative way for developers of low-rise apartment buildings in Sacramento County to comply with the state’s new solar power mandate. As of Jan. 1, state regulations have required that most new homes, including low-rise apartment buildings, be equipped with rooftop solar power. 

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The Sacramento City Council this month modified its annual limit on rent increases to match the statewide rent cap under Assembly Bill 1482. On a unanimous vote, the council on Jan. 14 lowered the local rent cap from CPI plus 6% to CPI plus 5% — the same formula used in AB 1482, the statewide rent control law that took effect on Jan. 1.

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The Rancho Cordova City Council is expected to approve several changes to its rental housing inspection program, including increases in the fees charged to property owners. The council will consider the increases next month and, if approved, the new fees will be effective for 2020. City staff recommends an increase in the existing rental code-compliance fee from $10 per unit to $16 per unit — the same amount charged by the city of Sacramento and Sacramento County. The city of Citrus Heights charges a fee based on the number of dwelling units at a property, ranging from $17 to $27… Read More

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Refusing to bow to pressure from a splinter group of tenant advocates, the Sacramento City Council ignored demands to place a rent control and “just cause” initiative on the March 3, 2020, primary election ballot. The initiative, known as the Sacramento Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment, already qualified to be placed on a future ballot. It’s up to the City Council to determine whether the measure will appear on the ballot of the next primary, general or special election. The registrar of voters set a Dec. 6 deadline for the City Council to approve placing an initiative on… Read More

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The Rancho Cordova City Council adopted a temporary no-cause eviction ordinance intended to prevent owners from terminating tenancies before AB 1482 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The action was taken despite one council member remarking that the ordinance was “dumb legislation” and “could cause more harm than good.” Under the emergency ordinance, rental owners may not terminate a tenancy without cause through Dec. 31, 2019. Any notice issued after the ordinance was passed on Nov. 18 without one of of the permissible “at-fault” just causes is invalid. However, notices issued prior to the council meeting are not affected. The… Read More

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Rental owners and property managers in the city of Sacramento are focused on complying with AB 1482 as well as the Tenant Protection and Relief Act passed by the Sacramento City Council. However, they should not forget about the local rent control and “just cause” initiative that already qualified for the ballot in 2020. In October 2018, the registrar of voters certified that a coalition of tenant and labor activists, including ACCE and SEIU, had submitted enough signatures for the initiative to be placed on a future ballot. The coalition intended for the initiative to appear on the November 2018… Read More

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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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