Housing Enforcement 

We enforce the state housing laws and investigate complaints of substandard housing. However, Code Enforcement does not investigate or enforce rental issues involving nuisance behaviors such as smoking or disputes with neighbors. For these kinds of issues, work with your property manager directly and if necessary, contact the Sacramento Mediation Center.  

Priority Housing Violations are those that are unsafe for inhabitants and include:

  • Collapsing Roof/Ceiling 
  • Lack of Required Utilities
  • Lack of Hot Water
  • Leaking Plumbing 
  • Surfacing Sewage 

Other Housing Violations include:

  • Broken Windows
  • Electrical Malfunction
  • Holes in the Wall
  • Rodent Harborage
  • Unsanitary Conditions

An officer will conduct an inspection within 72 business hours of the complaint for priority housing violations. For all others, an advisory letter will be mailed allowing thirty (30) days for the repairs/corrections to be made. After 30 days, the officer will contact the complainant to check on the status, and inspect the property if necessary.
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Sacramento County Fair Housing Resources

Tenants and landlords seeking help with disputes, legal advice or other housing related information and regulations can find helpful resources at Sacramento County’s Fair Housing web portal. Fair Housing laws include the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, and also prohibit certain forms of discrimination in the sale and rental of housing.

Rental Housing Inspection Program

Adopted in December 2008, this program provides a regulated approach to ensuring safe rental properties within unincorporated Sacramento County. If you are a landlord or property owner and want to get more information, visit the Sacramento County Information page for more information, or call 916-875-5555.

Dealing with Hoarders and Hoarding Behavior

Find about more information about dealing with hoarders and hoarding behavior, tips to help reduce hoarding and who to contact if the hoarding behavior gets out of hand. Dealing with hoarders.