County Executive Office

Landlord-Tenants Ordinance


Regarding the Rights and Duties of Landlords and Tenants of Residential Property in the County of Santa Barbara.

On February 19, 2002 the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance (County Ordinance No. 4444) intended to supplement the provisions of state law governing the rights and duties of landlords and tenants in Santa Barbara County.

The complete text of the ordinance is available below. If you are subject to the provisions of the Ordinance as it relates to the Rental Housing Data Collection Form you may download and print the form off of this web page. The completed form should be filed at the Office of the Clerk of the Board, 105 East Anapamu St., Room 407, Santa Barbara, CA. Per the ordinance, the forms are kept confidential for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of receipt by the County. After 60 days the forms are available for public inspection in the Clerk of the Board Office during the regular business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For information please contact the Clerk of the Board at 805-568-2240.

The County of Santa Barbara will not keep, nor is it required of landlords or property managers to submit to the County, notices of intent to terminate which are given to tenants thirty days before their leases expire for the sole purpose of notifying then that they must leave when the lease expires. Please note that such notices received by the County will not be retained. Until such time that landlords/property managers receive notice that the County has an interest in keeping records of these notices, landlords/property managers are excused from filing rental housing data collection forms with respect to them.

The following links are in Adobe PDF format

Rental Housing Data Collection Form

Text of Santa Barbara County Ordinance No. 4444