High winds and resulting fires and evacuations prompted the governor this past weekend to declare a statewide emergency, a move that’s triggered protections against price gouging, including rent increases over 10% anywhere in California. The cap applies to both existing and prospective tenancies, meaning a landlord cannot raise the rent on a vacant unit beyond the 10% mark. Further, an owner cannot terminate at tenancy in order to charge a new renter more than the cap would allow for the evicted renter. The rent-gouging protections apply to all housing types, including vacant units. The state of emergency is slated to… Read More
In response to the wildfires raging in Southern California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday declared states of emergency for Los Angeles and Riverside counties, a move that prohibits rent increases over 10%. The limit on rent increases is part of the state’s anti-price gouging law. When activated, Penal Code Section 396 makes it illegal to increase the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10% above pre-emergency levels. The rent-gouging protections apply to all housing types in the affected areas. Local rent control laws in several jurisdictions in L.A. County also remain… Read More
The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper about a newly enacted emergency regulation to protect employees from wildfire smoke. The regulation took effect this week and will require many employers in California, including those in the rental housing industry, to change the way they monitor wildfire smoke and the precautions they take to protect employees. The regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on July 29 in preparation for the state’s wildfire season. It is expected to remain in effect for at least one year. The regulation requires employers who anticipate that employees may be… Read More
Under proposed emergency regulations, many employers in California, including those in the rental housing industry, would soon need to change the way they monitor wildfire smoke and the precautions they take to protect employees. The proposals would require businesses with employees vulnerable to wildfire pollution to use different criteria to gauge pollution levels, and when levels are hazardous, provide additional equipment, such as mandatory dust masks. The health threats of wildfires carry far beyond the fires themselves. Wildfire smoke contains pollutants that can cause everything from eye irritation to reduced lung function. Individuals can experience such effects as far as 300… Read More
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.
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
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
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.
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
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