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Price-Gouging Restrictions on Self-Storage Rates Lifted in Several California Counties

Price-gouging restrictions on self-storage rental rates, which were put in place through multiple states of emergency issued in response to California wildfires, ended last week in several counties. The price easing included Butte, Mendocino, Sonoma and Ventura Counties, whose restrictions dated back to the 2017-19 wildfires. More recent restrictions were also lifted in Alpine, Lassen, Plumas and Siskiyou Counties.

Late-summer 2021 restrictions applied in El Dorado, Nevada and Placer Counties remain in place until Jan. 29. Price restrictions that include self-storage rent remain active in 17 other California counties, with those limits also expected to be lifted at the end of the month, according to the latest price-gouging information posted online by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

A county-by-county rundown of active price-gouging restrictions is available online on the Cal OES website. The penal code that applies to self-storage rates is 396(b), according to a Jan. 3 newsletter distributed by the Self Storage Association to its members.

Self Storage Association Magazine Weekly, 1/3/21, Lengthy Price Restrictions End in Several California Counties
Cal OES, Price Gouging

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