Price Gouging After Natural Disasters: Limitations on California Post-Disaster Price Increases for Residential Landlords

Jamie Sternberg, Esq.   Updated May 2019   If a state of emergency is declared, and if the state of emergency results from an earthquake, flood, fire, riot, storm, drought, plant or animal infestation or disease, or other natural or manmade disaster, California Penal Code §396 generally prohibits price gouging (i.e. generally price increases of more …