To owners of rental property - The Sacramento County is now including the Rental Housing Code Compliance (RHCC) fee as part of the consolidated utility bill. If you have questions regarding this fee, please call 916-875-5555. Download a copy of the Correction to Rental Billing form and mail to County of Sacramento, Consolidated Utilities Billing & Services, 9700 Goethe Rd Ste. C, Sacramento, CA 95827.
- Who pays the Housing Code Compliance fee?
- Why are rental property owners receiving a bill for this fee?
- What services does this bill cover?
- Who is responsible for the bill if I just bought or sold this rental property?
- What if I don’t collect rent from this property?
- Is this amount due upon billing?
- What happens if my payment is late?
- Will the amount due change each year?
- What if I’m being billed for a wrong number of rental units?
1. Who pays the Housing Code Compliance fee?
As a result of the housing ordinance approved on October 12, 1993, all recorded owners of rental property in the unincorporated area are to pay a fee for each fiscal year (July-June). In September 2013, the County Board of Supervisors approved a fee increase in the amount of $15.50 per rental unit.
2. Why are rental property owners receiving a bill for this fee?
Under the County’s housing ordinance, a regulatory fee is required to finance the County’s state-mandated housing program. Sacramento County Code 16.20.900 requires that this fee be paid in order for properties to be occupied by tenants.
3. What services does this bill cover?
The financing obtained from the regulatory fee pays for the Rental Housing Inspection Program and Housing Code Compliance Program, which have the responsibility to enforce health and safety codes concerning residential properties within the unincorporated area of the County.
4. Who is responsible for the bill if I just bought or sold this rental property?
The bill is the responsibility of the owner of record as of January 1 of each year.
5. What if I don’t collect rent from this property?
The Rental Housing Code Compliance Fee applies to all property owners engaged in the business of renting residential dwelling units. A vacancy credit is prohibited. If the property this bill refers to is not a rental property, please fill out and sign this form and return it with your utility bill payment. If you do not send in a correction, the bill will continue to be outstanding and could result in penalties and other collection efforts.
6. Is this amount due upon billing?
The ordinance states the Rental Housing Code Compliance Fee shall be due on January 1, of each year. However, there is a delinquent date indicated on the bill that represents the last possible day that payment can be received without incurring a late charge.
7. What happens if my payment is late?
Charges unpaid at the due date become delinquent, and shall incur a penalty charge of 25%. Any unpaid amounts may be transferred to the Department of Revenue Recovery for other collection efforts.
8. Will the amount due change each year?
Because the annual fee is for the purpose of covering costs for the State mandated housing program, the fee can be adjusted each year by resolution of the County Board of Supervisors after a duly noticed public hearing.
9. What if I’m being billed for a wrong number of rental units?
Apartments or properties such as duplexes that have multiple units may have one or more units that are not being used for monetary compensation. If you are being billed for the wrong number of rental units, please fill out this form to make the necessary corrections to rental units and return it with your utility bill payment.