Price gouging claims already filed in South Carolina

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Due to Hurricane Matthew, counties along the coast of South Carolina have been put under a state of emergency and the price gouging statue (SC 39-5-145) has been put into effect.

The statue not only prohibits cost increases to gas, but also essential commodities like food, water, resources, equipment, and also services of hotels.

Complaints of gouging have already been reported to the Attorney General’s office, but until investigations are underway, specifics are unknown.

Chances of finding a hotel room in the Upstate seem to be slim. Some recommend calling back later, due to cancellations, or even checking surrounding states for hotels.

To check hotel availability you can click here. Also, try booking a home or room at Airbnb or VRBO.

Anyone wanting to report a price gouging incident should click here.

For more information on price gouging click here.

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