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Rental Programs

The City strives to provide affordable rental housing through the Below Market Rate Rental Housing Program and other programs.

Below Market Rate Rental Housing Program

The City's Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Housing program requires that a percentage of units within some market-rate rental properties be offered at below-market-rate rent for lower-income residents. The BMR rent limits are set by the City at prices that lower-income households can afford, based on a formula provided in Chapter 19.69 of the Municipal Code or State Density Bonus law.

Do I Qualify for Below Market Rate Rental Housing?

You may if your income is below the program income limits. Priority is given to those who currently live or work in Sunnyvale.

2018 Maximum Rents

Apartment Size BMR Rent Limit ARU* Rent Limit
Studio $1,534  $1,164
1-Bedroom $1,753  $1,330
2-Bedroom $1,972  $1,496
3-Bedroom $2,191  $1,663
4-Bedroom $2,366  $1,796

* ARU = Affordable Rental Unit (affordable to households at 50% of Area Median Income)

How Do I Find Available Rental Units?

How Do I Apply for BMR Rental Housing?

Submit this application and required attachments directly to the apartment complex that you are interested in.

Other Affordable Rental Properties

There are a number of affordable housing developments in Sunnyvale that offer rental units for lower-income households. Most of the units in these properties are available to very low-income households. Each property has its own eligibility requirements and application processes. Most properties have waiting lists.

Contact each property directly for information about how to apply.

Housing Voucher Program

The Housing Authority of Santa Clara County provides rental subsidies for low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities living in Santa Clara County

Tenant and Landlord Disputes

For help with:

  • rent concerns
  • other property management issues

Learn how Project Sentinel can help resolve disputes between tenants and landlords.

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2019
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