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Navigating the Grey Areas: Hotel Definitions and Their Impact on Your Business

May 08, 2023

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As a business owner, it’s crucial to be aware of the legal landscape surrounding your industry. One area where recent controversies have arisen is in the definitions of “landlord,” “tenant,” “guest,” and “hotel.” Different states have different definitions, and this has led to confusion and legal disputes. In this blog, we’ll explore recent cases and legislation in Georgia, New York, and California, and discuss how understanding these definitions can protect your business interests.

Georgia’s Grey Areas

A recent Georgia appellate court case centered around whether people living at a motel for more than five years were considered tenants or guests. Georgia’s definitions of “tenant,” “landlord,” and “lease” were simpler than California’s, but contained more grey areas, resulting in a lengthy legal battle.

New York State Bill S305: Defining ‘Hotel’

In New York, State Bill S305 has caused controversy due to its broad definition of ‘housing accommodation’, which includes hotels. This has raised concerns that hotels may have to go through the eviction process if a guest stays for more than 30 days, potentially disrupting business models built around short stays.

California’s Clarity

California’s law differentiates between “residential hotels” and “transient hotels” in landlord-tenant law, providing clearer definitions and avoiding some of the issues seen in Georgia and New York. However, California’s definitions are not necessarily superior, as adopting them could create new problems unique to each state.

Protecting Your Business

It’s essential for business owners to understand the legal definitions in their state and be prepared for potential disputes. By staying informed and seeking expert advice, you can navigate these grey areas and safeguard your business interests.

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