Specific Anti-Price Gouging Rules on Rental Housing in Place Now.
Following the Governor’s Emergency Declaration related to winter storms and flooding, the State has imposed statewide anti-price gouging rules related to rental housing through February 3, 2023. Anti-price gouging rules for repair and reconstruction services are imposed through July 3, 2023.
The Attorney General today issued additional guidance as follows:
California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10%, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. For any item a seller only began selling after an emergency declaration, the law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds the seller’s cost of the item by more than 50%. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials, and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, certain transportation services, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations, and rental housing. Exceptions to this prohibition exist if, for example, the price of labor, goods, or materials has increased for the business.
For the list of current anti-price gouging jurisdictions and expiration dates, click HERE.
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