10% Rent Cap in Effect as Storms Trigger Emergency & Price Gouging Rules

Legislative Updates,

On January 4, 2023, Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency due to winter storms. The statewide emergency is slated to be in effect through February 3, 2023. Price Gouging rules specific to rental housing are included.

Rent Increases are limited to no more than 10% during this time frame even for properties exempt from statewide rent caps. Additionally, newly set rents during the emergency are limited to no more than 10% over the last rental rate charged. Click here to visit the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website and learn more about price gouging protections. Pen. Code § 396 sections (e) & (f) are applicable to rental housing and have very limited exemptions. 

SCRHA will keep members updated as emergency declarations are often extended. Read the text of the proclamation here.