In the wake of the North Bay wildfires, the president and governor have issued a state of emergency in California, triggering protections under the state’s anti-price-gouging law.

These protections prohibit raising the price of many consumer goods and services — including that of rental housing — by more than 10 percent after an emergency has been declared.

Protections under California’s anti-price-gouging law are not restricted to the city or county where the disaster occurred. The aim is to prevent price gouging anywhere in the state with an increased consumer demand resulting from the declared emergency. Disaster declarations by state or local officials expire after 30 days but can be extended.

While the disaster declaration is in effect, rent increases exceeding …

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