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CA Real Estate Commissioner warns against rental price gouging in wildfire areas

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The California Bureau of Real Estate says they will investigate complaints against real estate licensees who gouge housing prices in wildfire effected areas.  California Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell said gouging housing prices in counties where a state of emergency has been declared is a criminal offense.  

Price gouging or taking advantage of consumers also applies to hotel and motel rates, consumer food items, and other goods and services according to Commissioner Bell.  Price gouging is punishable by imprisonment or fines up to $10,000, or both.  Licensees who violate the anti-price gouging law can have unlawful business practice actions brought against them. 

There is a current investigation into price gouging in a wildfire effected area of Northern California.  

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