A state Senate committee this week approved legislation that would make it easier for landlords to comply with rent caps triggered by states of emergency.

The Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday approved SB 1133 by Sen. Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, on Tuesday by a unanimous and bipartisan vote of 4-0. The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Bob Archuleta

The proposal would clarify elements of the state’s anti-price-gouging law, Penal Code Section 396, which 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 when the president, governor, or local officials declare a state of emergency.

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