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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.


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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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Gov. Newsom’s latest emergency declarations, based on record-high temperatures and drought conditions, will keep California’s protections against rent gouging in place statewide until at least next month.   All told, Gov. Newsom has declared drought-related emergencies in 50 of California’s 58 counties — including nine counties named in an order this month and 41 named in orders in the…