Oroville extends rent control

Disaster-area protections will continue for residential tenants after the Oroville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening (Feb. 19) to impose a rent-control ordinance for the next 10 1/2 months.

Effective immediately, no landlord may increase rents more than 10 percent over the rate charged before Nov. 1, just prior to the Camp Fire. Both the governor and president included Butte County in disaster declarations; state anti-gouging laws cap at 10 percent the amount businesses may increase prices after disasters, and municipalities may extend this.

The Chico City Council passed a similar ordinance, running through May 16.