Fair Housing​

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Information and Resources

Sacramento County is dedicated to protecting the rights of renters and landlords and promoting fair housing choice. We want everyone to know that discrimination in housing is illegal, and provide you with the resources you need to resolve issues.

Fair Housing Laws

Discrimination in housing rental, sales and financing on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, natural origin, marital status, disability or familial status is prohibited by Federal (Fair Housing Act) and State law (Fair Employment and Housing Act).

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If you believe that you have experienced housing discrimination while trying to rent or buy an apartment or home, call the Renter's Helpline at 916-389-7877 or online at Renter's Helpline.

Representatives at the Renter's Helpline will help connect you to the resources you need.
 
The Renter’s Helpline is a telephone and internet-based service provided by Sacramento Self-Help Housing, Inc. (SSHH) in coordination with Project Sentinel, the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley (RHA), and Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC).  Sacramento County residents in a housing crisis or dispute should call the Renter’s Helpline for counseling, dispute resolution, and fair housing services.
 
Tenant and Landlord Disputes

Representatives at the Renter's Helpline  can also help tenants and landlords connect to resources to help with disputes such as, non-payment of rent, failure to follow lease agreement, and repairs needed for the unit. 
 
Rental Housing Problems

The County’s Code Enforcement Division opens cases when there is a possible code violation. Property owners responsible for code violations are given the opportunity to correct the situation and comply with current codes without penalty. Common housing code violations include: leaking water, lack of smoke detectors or weather-stripping, extreme unsanitary premises, broken windows, deteriorated fencing, and exposed wiring.
 
 
Report a possible code violation online, or call 3-1-1 or (916) 875-4311 or e-mail at www.311.saccounty.net.
 
Additional Resources 
 

Sacramento Self Help Housing (SSHH):

  • Housing Resources (www.sacselfhelp.org, 916-341-0593)
    Housing Resources obtains information regarding rental cost, policies and vacancies for over 300 housing complexes.  Each month, our staff also addresses the housing needs of over 200 people by utilizing this information to make appropriate housing referrals.  
  • Renters Helpline: (www.rentershelpline.org, 916-341-0593)
    SSHH provides telephone “helpline” counseling and mediation services for unincorporated Sacramento residents in a housing crisis or dispute.  We deal directly with concerns about landlord-tenant disputes.  Fair housing issues are referred to an appropriate agency.  Services are provided Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30pm.