Price-gouging Ban in Areas Affected by States of Emergency

States of Emergency, & the Ban On Price Gouging have been declared in the following counties. All Bans on price gouging last for 30-days unless otherwise extended by the governor. 

On February 28, 2019 States of Emergency were declared in : Amador, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties 

The ban declared on January 5, 2019 was extended for a further month starting February 12, 2019 in these counties: Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Ventura, and Yolo counties

 The States of Emergency in the following counties were extended to May 31, 2019 for Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou, Sonoma, and Ventura Counties.

The City of Chico declared a 6-month  state of emergency on November 8th, 2018 until May 8,2019 

 


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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