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Gov. Brown extends price-gouging ban

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Gov. Jerry Brown has extended a program that seeks to protect renters by banning price gouging in eight counties devastated by the October 2017 wildfires.

Brown signed the order on Wednesday before the ban was slated to end on Dec. 4. The new order will remain in effect until May 31.

It caps annual rent increases at 10 percent along with some additional tenant protections.

The cap also applies to hotel rooms, food, fuel, medicine and other essential supplies during a declared emergency.

“If the price-gouging order wasn’t extended, more people would be displaced,” state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, said in a statement.

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