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State of emergency for fires gives unexpected relief to California tenants

October 31, 2019

By Sasha Perigo : hoodline – excerpt

With catastrophic fires affecting 43 counties across the state, California is officially in a state of emergency, as declared by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday.

But in an unexpected twist, the legislation is also protecting another group in crisis — California renters who are facing eviction from landlords wary of a new housing law.

On Oct. 8, Newsom signed AB 1482, a sweeping rent cap bill, into law. AB 1482 forbids landlords from raising tenants’ rents more than 5% plus inflation annually, and from evicting tenants without “just cause.”

The bill is set to take effect in January. But in the three weeks since Newsom signed it, tenants groups say they’ve seen a noticeable uptick in eviction notices, as landlords attempt to evict tenants before the end of the year.

Luckily for tenants, California’s freshly declared state of emergency comes with unique prohibitions on price-gouging for essential services like food, gas — and housing…(more)

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