Price-gouging Ban in Areas Affected by Fire

States of Emergency, & the Ban On Price Gouging from 2017 has been extended in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties until Dec 4, 2018.

On November 29, 2018, they were extended to May 31, 2019 for Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou, Sonoma, and Ventura Counties.

In November 2018, Acting Governor Newsom has issued states of emergency on November 8th in Butte County and November 9th in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. These states of emergency expire in 30 days unless extended. 

On November 29th, 2018, states of emergency and price-gouging bans have been declared in Shasta, Colusa, and San Diego Counties. These states of emergency expire in 30 days unless extended. 


Please review this page, and read the "Fires FAQ" at the end of this page to understand your rights durign and after wildfires. 

California Penal Code section 396 prohibits price gouging (defined as increases over 10%) for necessary goods and services after the governor declares a state of emergency. Housing – defined in the law as “any rental housing with an initial lease term of no longer than one year” is specifically enumerated as one of the services for which the price cannot be raised over 10%. The costs of hotel rooms are also covered by the law. Under the price gouging law, there is a narrow exception for price increases over 10% if the landlord proves that the increase is directly attributed to cost increases. Tenants who face rent increases over 10% in areas where the state of emergency has been declared should seek help immediately.  Resources include local legal aide offices and local district attorneys. Price gouging tenants is not just a civil violation, but a criminal misdemeanor under the law.

 

Download the following fact sheets on renters' rights after natural disasters like fires:

Tenants who face rent increases over 10% in areas where the state of emergency has been declared should seek help immediately.  Resources include local legal aide offices and local district attorneys. Price gouging tenants is not just a civil violation, but a criminal misdemeanor under the law.

 

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