Missouri attorney general to open mortgage-help office in Joplin

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 9:42 a.m. CDT

JOPLIN — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will open an office in Joplin next week to provide mortgage counseling to people whose homes were destroyed by the tornado.

Koster says the field office will be staffed by people with consumer and legal expertise. They'll advise residents facing deadlines for mortgage payments as they wait for insurance checks or for their employers to be back in business.

People with concerns about price gouging, identity theft or contractor scams also can receive assistance through the office.

Koster says the office will begin operating Monday at the American Red Cross shelter on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

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kayla davenport June 16, 2011 | 10:41 p.m.

hi my name is kayla and im needing information on price gouging! we live in joplin missouri and were renting a house and a week after the tornado went through our landlord raised our rent to 1000 our rent was 725 our lease wasnt up until june 11 and he said starting july 11 we would have to pay that ive been told that since he gave us 30 days that there nothing we can do and some say other! but it was either we pay a 1000 month to month or buy! pretty much pushed us out and there is nothing in joplin and now he tring to keep our deposit! ugh this guys is almost as low as they come!!

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