Gov. Gavin Newsom has extended a prohibition on rent increases over 10 percent for several counties devastated by wildfires over the past few years.

In an executive order, Newsom announced that protections against price gouging of rents and other consumer goods will continue through Dec. 31 of this year for Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Shasta, and Sonoma counties. Newsom’s order came Friday, May 31, the day the protections had been scheduled to expire. It is intended to help residents still recovering from 2017 and 2018 fires, including the Mendocino Complex, Carr, Tubbs, Nuns, Atlas and Thomas fires.

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