Emergency Declarations Trigger Rental Price Gouging Rules

Legislative Updates,

10% Anti-Price Gouging Limitation in Place for Rental Properties Statewide, Riverside County

The recent heat wave and fires in several areas of the state have triggered anti-price gouging rules, including those specific to rent increases and advertised rents. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services website has been updated and now specifically cites which portions of Penal Code 396 apply. 

It is unlawful for any person, business, or other entity, to increase the rental price advertised, offered, or charged for housing, to an existing or prospective tenant, by more than 10 percent. This includes properties exempt from statewide rent control.

  • The statewide declaration due to the heatwave, put in place on Aug. 31 and originally to expire on Sept. 7, is now set to expire on September 30.
  • The declaration specific to Riverside County, effective September 8, is slated to expire on October 8. The Governor often extends the end dates depending on circumstances. 

Click here to view more information on the Governor's Office of Emergency Services website. The California Attorney General just released a reminder about illegal price gouging

Members may access the "CPC 396 – Anti-Price Gouging Rules – AB 1919" White Paper via the Member Compass. 

Riverside area housing providers may visit the CalFire website to learn more about wildfire incidents, including evacuation orders and assistance centers.

Members are encouraged to visit the SCRHA Emergency Resources webpage for Disaster Preparedness information, including the "Emergency Response Plan Model for Apartment Buildings."