Price-gouging protections extended to 1 year as California fires continue to rage
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.
In Northern California, Butte County has been ravaged by the Camp Fire, which so far has burned 142,000 acres, destroyed nearly 12,000 structures and killed at least 66 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in California history.