Tipping Point

Have you been evicted in Sacramento? We want to hear your story

Rent control advocates chant outside hearing at California State Capitol

Rent control advocates with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment chant in support of repealing the Costa Hawkins housing act outside at joint Senate and Assembly hearing on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Sacramento.
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Rent control advocates with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment chant in support of repealing the Costa Hawkins housing act outside at joint Senate and Assembly hearing on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Sacramento.

This Thursday, Sacramento’s new rent-control ordinance becomes effective.

The ordinance, approved just three weeks ago by the City Council, applies to people who live in multi-unit housing built prior to Feb. 1, 1995. It caps the amount that landlords can increase rent each year at 6 percent plus inflation, prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without a reason, and creates a process where tenants can report landlords who violate the act.

The Sacramento Bee, for its Tipping Point series, is writing about rents, homelessness, and eviction. The city’s homeless population is rapidly rising. So are housing costs, and the stock of affordable and low-income units are low. Many homeless men and women have told Bee reporters that an eviction caused their homelessness.

If you’ve been evicted or threatened with eviction in the Sacramento region, we want to hear your story. Our journalism is better, more nuanced and accurate when we hear from people in the community.

Please fill out the survey below. A reporter for The Bee will contact you before publication if we want to use your story.

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Mike Finch joined The Bee in July 2018 as a data reporter after working at newspapers in Alabama and Florida. A Miami native, he has been a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors since 2012 and studied political science at Florida International University.
Theresa Clift covers Sacramento City Hall. Before joining The Bee in 2018, she worked as a local government reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Daily Press in Virginia and the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University.
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