April Whitley has lived in her Chico home with her husband and two kids for the last three years, but they won't for much longer.
Whitley said her landlord called at the end of November to tell her she needed to move out because she wanted her daughter — who lost her home in the Camp Fire — to live there.
"My initial reaction was, 'Oh my gosh, I have nowhere to go.' There's nowhere in Chico," Whitley said.
The influx of people displaced by the Camp Fire have taken up whatever spaces were left in an already tight rental market in Butte County. According to Butte County's Housing Authority, every single unit is occupied, and renters are now essentially playing a game of housing "musical chairs," with fierce competition whenever a space opens up.
Now, landlords like Whitley's are evicting tenants to make room for their own family members affected by the Camp Fire. Whitley's landlord did not respond to a request for comment.