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A. After the declaration of a local emergency by the City Council as described by Chapter 2.36 SMC, it shall be unlawful for any person to evict an existing tenant or terminate an existing lease or month-to-month rental agreement and subsequently rent or lease the same dwelling unit, for more than the average retail price, unless such person can prove that the excess is directly attributable to additional costs resulting from the labor or materials necessary to provide the rental. In such instances, only the actual cost increase may be added to the average retail price.

B. For purposes of this chapter, the “average retail price” shall be the rental price for the dwelling unit during the 30-day period immediately preceding the declaration of emergency. (Ord. 1111, 2018)