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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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As the recovery from California’s wildfires, and related protections against rent gouging continue, CAA would like to remind its members of its updated compliance paper — Anti-Price Gouging Laws – States of Emergency. CAA has updated this Industry Insight paper to address more frequently asked questions and to address changes to the law under AB 1919 by Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg. Wood’s legislation clarifies existing law that makes it a misdemeanor to raise rents more than 10 percent after a state of emergency is declared. Emergency declarations prompted by wildfires in 2017 and 2018 triggered the state’s anti-price-gouging protections, which… Read More

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In the wake of the wildfires that have ravaged both Northern and Southern California, the rental housing industry has stepped up in multiple ways to help fire victims recover. In the paragraphs below, we’ve assembled a list of resources currently available for fire victims, including displaced tenants seeking a place to live. We’ve also highlighted some of the ways the rental housing industry and industry partners have already helped in the recovery effort.  Rental housing providers Southern California Alliance Residential Co. is assisting those affected by the California wildfires by providing access to short-term leases and discounted furniture rental rates.… Read More

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Gov. Jerry Brown has extended protections against price-gouging — including rent increases over 10 percent — for several counties devastated by wildfires that occurred between fall 2017 and this past summer. Brown’s order, issued on Nov. 28, keeps California’s anti-price gouging protections in effect through May 31, 2019, for Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties. The protections tied to these counties had been scheduled to expire Tuesday, Dec. 4. The order also names Ventura County, although this jurisdiction already was under extended price-gouging protections until November 2019 related to the Woolsey fire.

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If your company is helping victims of California’s wildfires, we’d like to hear about it. As you know, recent wildfires, including the most destructive wildfire in state history, have consumed thousands of California homes, displaced scores of families, and created a massive need for housing assistance and other help. As members of the rental housing industry aid in the recovery effort, we’d like to highlight that assistance on our website. Our hope is to create a one-stop resource page where fire victims, including displaced renters, can find the help they need. Types of assistance might include: Offering short-term leases Waiving… Read More

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At the California Apartment Association, our hearts go out to the victims of the wildfires that have ravaged Northern and Southern California. We know that CAA members are eager to help any way they can. Here are links to some of the agencies that are taking donations: The American Red Cross: Help people affected by the California wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. To donate, click here and use the… Read More

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As fires continue to rage in Northern and Southern California, protections against price gouging — including rent increases above 10 percent — have been extended to one year. An executive order Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown keeps the price-gouging protections in place until Nov. 8, 2019. The order names Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, however, the protections may apply anywhere in California with a spike in consumer demand. The protections, originally set to expire after 30 days, have been in effect since Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom last week declared states of emergency for the three counties.

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Wildfires raging in Northern and Southern California have prompted states of emergency for Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, triggering the state’s anti-price-gouging law and banning rent increases over 10 percent. Last Thursday, Acting Gov. Gain Newsom declared the state of emergency in Butte County in response to the Camp Fire, which has burned 130,000 acres, destroyed nearly 9,000 structures and killed at least 48 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in California history. Last Friday, Newsom issued an emergency proclamation for Ventura and L.A counties in response to the Hill and Woolsey fires. The emergency declarations trigger the state’s… Read More

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In the November election, Santa Rosa voters have an opportunity to boost affordable housing while speeding the city’s recovery from last year’s devastating wildfires. Last fall, the fires in Northern California’s Wine Country eviscerated 6,000 homes in Santa Rosa alone. “Couple that with a statewide housing crisis of epic proportions, and Santa Rosa finds itself in dire need of additional housing supply,” said Alex Khalfin, CAA’s vice president of public affairs for the North Bay region. “While we can debate how this problem should or shouldn’t be solved, one fact remains clear — something must be done.” Enter Measure N… Read More

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A combination of wildfires and flooding this week prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare states of emergency in several California counties in both northern and southern parts of the state, again activating bans on rent increases exceeding 10 percent in the affected areas. The latest emergency declarations are for San Bernardino, Riverside, Mariposa and Shasta counties. The emergency declaration for San Bernardino county was issued on July 24 due to the effects of a monsoonal rainstorm. The emergency declarations for Riverside, Mariposa and Shasta counties were issued on July 26 due to the Cranston, Carr, and Fergusen fires.

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