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.
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
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
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.
Wildfires have returned to California this summer, prompting a new set of emergency declarations from Gov. Jerry Brown and accompanying bans on rent increases exceeding 10 percent. The most recent emergency declarations are for San Diego, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou and Lake counties. Emergency declarations trigger the state’s anti-price gouging protections, which prohibit raising the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10 percent above pre-emergency levels after an emergency has been declared. The rent-gouging ban applies to existing tenants and at unit turnover. The governor’s extension of prohibitions on rent-gouging related to… Read More
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.