Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared an abnormal market disruption after severe weather spurred a state of emergency in nine Oregon counties, including Washington County. Brown issued Executive Order 21-03 in response to reports of increases in lodging rates as people sought temporary stays due to power outages at home.
“During a time when so many Oregonians have been without power for days, it is absolutely unacceptable to price gouge those who are seeking a warm, safe place to stay until power is back on in their homes,” said Governor Brown. “This order empowers the Attorney General and the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate these instances and take appropriate action if businesses are found to be in violation.”
“We appreciate Oregon’s lodging businesses that have provided warmth and shelter to families without power due to the President’s Day weekend storm that hit much of the state,” said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. “However, price gouging is illegal. Please consider this a clear message to businesses that you may not raise the price of lodging, or any other goods or services, due to increased demand from this storm. If anyone feels they have been the victim of price gouging, please contact our Consumer Protection Hotline right away.”
If you believe you’ve been subjected to excessive prices for lodging or essential goods, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 877-877-9392 or visit www.OregonConsumer.gov for more information.