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
The State of California Department of Civil Rights (formerly known as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)) is an agency of California state government charged with the protection of residents from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence.
Discrimination in housing rental, sales and financing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, source of income, disability or familial status is prohibited by Federal (Fair Housing Act).
Reporting Housing Discrimination
Sacramento Self Help Housing & Renters Helpline Closure. Please note, the Renters Helpline is temporarily closed with the closure of their parent organization, Sacramento Self Help Housing.
If you are in need of information about tenant legal supports, housing, or other community resources, please contact 211 Sacramento by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-844-546-1464 (toll-free).
Rental Housing Problems
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, call 3-1-1 or (916) 875-4311 or e-mail at
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)
As a recipient of federal housing and community development funds, Sacramento County is required to conduct an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) every five years. The Board of Supervisors approved the 2019 AI on October 22, 2019. The AI identified fair housing barriers and actions that the County will take to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination.
Legal Services of Northern California (916) 551-2150