Under a bill sponsored by the California Apartment Association, the state’s anti-price-gouging law would only apply to rental housing if an emergency declaration specifies that the declared emergency would have an impact on the price of housing.

This clarification would ensure that emergency orders declared after oil spills, droughts, heat waves and other emergency declarations that have no impact on the price of housing do not lead to price controls on rental homes.

Sen. Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, on Wednesday introduced SB 1133, legislation that would clarify the scope of the anti-price-gouging law and make it easier for landlords and other businesses to follow the law.

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