News: 2017 WildfiresFilter
Rent increases remain limited to 10 percent Gov. Jerry Brown has again extended states of emergency in areas of both Northern and Southern California affected by last fall’s wildfires. The extension keeps in effect the state’s anti-price gouging law, which bans rent increases exceeding 10 percent during states of emergency. In Northern California, states of emergency triggered by October’s wildfires were set to expire this Wednesday, April 18. Brown, however, extended his emergency declaration to Dec. 4 for Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Related content: Novato landlord charged with price gouging as prosecutors scour for cases after fires… Read More
A state lawmaker whose district was ravaged by wildfires last year has proposed legislation that targets rent gouging following declarations of disaster. After fires devastated California’s Wine Country and areas of Southern California late last year, there was confusion over how and when California’s existing ban on price gouging applied. AB 1919 by Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, seeks to eliminate future confusion by clarifying elements of the existing law.
Rent increases limited to 10 percent while protections in effect With wildfires continuing to spread in Southern California, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties. The declarations on Thursday come just days after the fires prompted Brown to declare emergencies in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura. The governor’s declarations once again trigger the state’s anti-price gouging law. When activated, Penal Code Section 396 prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10 percent after the emergency has been declared. The… Read More
The California Apartment Association is once again encouraging members with available units in Napa or Sonoma counties to contact CAA and consider making special considerations for fire victims. Special considerations may include offering reduced move-in costs or discounted deposits for those who lost their homes. CAA members with available units are asked to send an email to CAA.
In the wake of the wine country wildfires, Sonoma County prosecutors have received more than 60 reports of rental price gouging, however, most of the allegations did not represent violations of law, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. The article also clarifies that the state’s price-gouging law does not apply to units just now entering the rental market. “If you want to move out and rent your house for a year, you can set whatever price the current market will bear without penalty,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch told the Press Democrat.
Rent increases limited to 10 percent Under an executive order by Gov. Jerry Brown, protections against price-gouging in the wake of the North Bay fires — including rent increases over 10 percent — will be in effect until at least April of next year. The ban on price gouging, which originally had a 30-day time limit, is now in effect until April 18, 2018. The state’s anti-price gouging law went into effect earlier this month after the president and governor issued a state of emergency in California.
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… Read More
On behalf of all of us at the California Apartment Association, our thoughts are with our members and their families, employees, neighbors, and residents who have lost their homes to the devastating fire in the North Bay Area. Recognizing the losses of many residents and the state of emergency that Sonoma and Napa County residents are facing, CAA is calling upon our members to show compassion for those who have lost their homes and, at a minimum, keep rents at current levels. CAA recognizes the demand for rental housing will escalate over the coming weeks as displaced families look for… Read More
The California Apartment Association is leading an effort to identify available housing for residents left homeless by the devastating fires in Sonoma and Napa counties. Some of the displaced families are looking for short-term (up to six months) housing, just long enough for their fire-damaged housing to be rehabilitated. Others are looking for long-term, permanent housing. As the need is great and varied, CAA is calling on the rental housing industry to help identify available units. CAA aims to provide the city of Santa Rosa, as well as Sonoma and Napa counties, with a comprehensive list of vacant units so… Read More