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Price Gouging

Just prior to a disaster and during the early recovery period, items like food, ice, generators, lanterns, lumber, etc. may be in short supply. Charging “unconscionable prices” for these and other necessities prior to and after a disaster is not only unethical, it's illegal. 

An “unconscionable price” is determined by comparing the price asked during an emergency with the price charged for the same commodity during the preceding 30-day period. The Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) publishes an annual price commodity survey. Merchants are not permitted to charge excessive prices unless the increases in prices are attributable to cost increases incurred by them.

A declaration of a state of emergency triggers anti-price gouging provisions of both a State law and the Miami-Dade County Code under which providers of goods can be prosecuted if they use a disaster to hike prices. These laws ban retailers from charging unconscionable prices for goods likely to be in greater demand if there is a disaster.

In the event of Miami-Dade County is threatened or hit by a hurricane or other disaster, a state of emergency could be declared which will trigger the anti-price gouging provisions of Florida Statute 501.160.

If you suspect price gouging, please report it to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 866-9-NO-SCAM or filing a price gouging complaint online.

For more information, please visit the Florida Attorney General’s website.

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