The 4,600-square-foot home in Novato had been on the market for months. The owner offered it furnished, utilities included, for $5,000 a month, according to Zillow.
Then, in October, about 30 miles to the north, the Tubbs Fire sparked. It destroyed 5,636 houses, businesses and other structures, most of them in Santa Rosa, causing demand for housing to surge in the region.
According to state prosecutors, the rent for the Novato house jumped to $9,000 monthly. On Monday they charged the owner, Melissa “Missy” Echeverria, with three misdemeanor counts of price gouging.
Source: Bay Area News North Bay fires: ,000-per-month home rental brings gouging charge