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Price Gouging

California’s anti-price gouging statute, Penal Code Section 396, prohibits landlords and other businesses from raising rent (or the price of many consumer goods and services) by more than 10 percent after a state of emergency has been declared by the President, the Governor, or local officials. Rent increases are limited to 10% for the duration of the emergency, irrespective of the duration and whether the unit becomes vacant.

Education

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Do you know what you would do if there was an apartment fire or disaster in your multi-unit apartment? As the apartment manager, your role is critical to the support…

If you follow the news, you probably notice that California appears to be in a constant state of emergency. Whether due to fires, severe storms, earthquakes, or pandemics, both the…

In the News

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A weeklong heatwave prompted Gov. Newsom on Wednesday to declare a state of emergency with a related cap on rent increases. Newsom’s declaration triggered Penal Code Section 396, the state’s…

Despite nearly unanimous, bipartisan support throughout the legislative process, a CAA-sponsored bill that would have protected landlords from unjustifiable rent caps during extended states of emergency has stalled in the…

Unlike emergency declarations from the governor’s office issued due to wildfires, severe storms and the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly announced statewide monkeypox emergency has not triggered the state’s anti-price-gouging law…