Gov. Jerry Brown Places Protections Against Price-Gouging in the Wake of the North Bay Fires

Gov. Jerry Brown, under an executive order places protections against price-gouging in the wake of the North Bay fires — including rent increases over 10 percent — will be in effect until at least April of next year. Until April 18,2018 to be exact, You cannot raise rents more than 10% or it may be considered price gouging. Because the price-gouging law does not set clear parameters for determining where the price controls apply, rent increases exceeding 10 percent — anywhere in California — may constitute price gouging while the declaration is in effect. Anyone convicted of violating the statewide anti-price-gouging law can face a year in county jail, a fine of up to $10,000, or both, as well as civil penalties. Local ordinances may impose additional penalties.

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