If you follow the news, you probably notice that California appears to be in a constant state of emergency.

Whether due to fires, severe storms, earthquakes, or pandemics, both the Governor and local officials have declared countless states of emergency over the last several years. Those emergency declarations trigger a provision of the state’s penal code, called the state’s anti-price gouging law, which limits how much rental housing providers can increase rent. And those limitations apply not only to your existing tenants but also to new tenants even in units that are new to the rental market. A violation of this law is a misdemeanor and subject to significant penalties.


Heidi Palutke, Senior Vice President, Compliance and Education, California Apartment Association

Heidi Palutke holds principal responsibility for CAA’s compliance and education programs, including the development of statewide and local compliance forms and materials. She conducts research and analysis of state and local legislation to support CAA’s public affairs team. She also represents CAA before various regulatory agencies and departments and manages CAA’s various litigation projects. Prior to joining CAA, she was an associate with the Law Offices of Andrew L. Packard in San Francisco and served as a legal policy analyst for Lead Safe California. Palutke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco. She is a member of the California State Bar and has been admitted to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Stephanie Shirkey, Senior Policy and Compliance Counsel, California Apartment Association

Stephanie Shirkey advises CAA’s state and local public affairs teams, provides education and compliance materials, and helps staff the member helpline. She brings over a decade of experience in drafting legislation and writing legal opinions for members of the Legislature on a wide variety of topics, including state and local government, business and taxation. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She is also a member of the California State Bar.

Cost: $49 Member or $89 Non-Member

Qualifies for 1 Unit CCRM Continuing Education Credit

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