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Placer County has launched Rent Help Placer, an emergency rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Treasury. Rent Help Placer provides financial assistance to eligible low-income renters in Placer County to pay past-due or current rent and utility payments. Applicants must show a loss in income or other related financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic to qualify. To be eligible for assistance, the household must have an income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) and be able to prove one of the following due to COVID-19: Have lost income or qualify for unemployment benefits. Incurred… Read More

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The application period for emergency rental assistance in the city and the county of Sacramento will expire Friday, March 19. Last month, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the allocation of $31.7 million in federal and state funds to help low-income renters catch up on past-due rent and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, Sacramento County received and allocated an additional $64 million dollars of federal and state funds. This allocation follows the passage of SB 91, which extends the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 3088, 2020) for another five months until June 30, 2021, and creates a… Read More

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The city and the county of Sacramento are now offering emergency rental assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19. Last week, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the allocation of $31.7 million in federal and state funds to help low-income renters catch up on past-due rent and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, Sacramento County received and is set to approve the allocation of an additional $64 million dollars of federal and state funds during their meeting Wednesday, Feb. 24. This allocation follows the passage of SB 91, which extends the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 3088, 2020) for… Read More

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The Sacramento CARES Mediation Program is continuing to offer free services to landlords and tenants within the city. According to the city, the program can ease difficult conversations, which can lead to agreements suitable for all sides. For assistance, call the CARES Mediation line at (916) 850-9010 or email sacramento@calawyersforthearts.org. Information is also available at sacramentocovidrelief.org.

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The California Apartment Association has published compliance documents to help landlords follow Sacramento’s Tenant Protection Program. CAA’s resources highlight the Sacramento Tenant Protection and Relief Act and how it interacts with AB 1482, California’s statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction law. The compliance documents also cover the city’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium and its interaction with the state COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act. Links to the CAA compliance materials: Sacramento Tenant Protection & Relief Act: Questions & Answers Sacramento Tenant Protection and Relief Act v. AB 1482 Interaction between the City of Sacramento Eviction Moratorium and the State COVID-19 Tenant Relief… Read More

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Sacramento landlords and tenants affected by COVID-19 have until the end of this month to sign up for free city-funded mediation services. The program, run through Sacramento Mediation Center, is slated to end Dec. 30. Anyone who opens a case after the free program expires will be charged based on a sliding scale tied to household or business income. Anyone interested in participating is urged to contact the Sacramento Mediation Center at (916) 850-9010 or sacramento@calawyersforthearts.org. Information is also available at sacramentocovidrelief.org.

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After facing aggressive opposition from the California Apartment Association, a draconian initiative to impose rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Sacramento has failed passage. In Tuesday’s election, 61.8% of voters rejected the initiative, Measure C. By defeating Measure C, CAA has protected Sacramento’s rental housing industry from San Francisco-style rent control and just-cause eviction protections. Among other things, Measure C threatened to: Roll rents back to February 2018 levels. Limit increases to CPI with a 2% floor and 5% ceiling. Impose strict eviction controls and relocation assistance for no-fault evictions. Establish an elected rent board to oversee the rental… Read More

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The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency is offering emergency rental assistance for residents who have experienced a loss or reduction in wages due to COVID-19. Click image above for flier The Housing and Redevelopment agency is offering the assistance in partnership with the city and county of Sacramento. Applications for the Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance program will be accepted online Friday, Oct. 9, through Thursday, Oct. 29. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in rental assistance via payment made directly to the landlord. The total assistance amount available will depend on household need. To qualify, applicants must: Rent… Read More

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The Sacramento Bee this weekend urged voters to reject Measure C, the local rent control measure on the city of Sacramento’s Nov. 3 ballot. The newspaper notes that Measure C should not even be appearing before city voters. Last year, rent control proponents promised to withdraw their measure from the ballot if the city Council were to adopt is own rent control ordinance.  But when the city did just that in summer 2019, only two of the three proponents kept their commitment and submitted withdrawal letters; a third, Michelle Pariset of Public Advocates, did not, leaving the rent control initiative in… Read More

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An appellate court has ordered the city of Sacramento to place a local rent control measure on the Nov. 3 ballot, overturning a lower court ruling from two weeks ago. The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District on Wednesday ruled in favor of initiative proponent Michelle Pariset and against the city of Sacramento and the Sacramento County Superior Court.

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