Published: June 13, 2019
On May 31, 2019, Governor Newsom extended the Price Gouging protections under Penal Code Section 396 for Sonoma County and other counties affected by wildfires.
See https://www.gov.ca.gov/2019/05/31/governor-newsom-issues-executive-order-to-support-communities-recovering-from-wildfires/ for additional information.
The Price Gouging protections prohibit a landlord from raising rents by more than ten percent (10%) more than the rent charged prior to the declaration of emergency on leases of one year or less.
This would include month-month leases. If you have been a victim of price gouging, please report to your local law enforcement agency and they will forward to our office for prosecution once they have completed an investigation.