Storm-related states of emergency, along with caps on rent increases, expired March 31 in Amador, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sierra, Sonoma, and Tulare counties. Despite these expirations, 34 counties continue to face storm-related emergency proclamations, which include limits on how much landlords can increase rents.

Severe winter storms struck California in late February, prompting Gov. Newsom to begin issuing emergency proclamations. These proclamations activated Penal Code Section 396, the state’s anti-price gouging law. This legislation prohibits increasing the price of many consumer goods and services, such as rental housing, by over 10% above pre-emergency levels. The rent increase restrictions apply to both existing tenants and rent increases at unit turnover.

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