Are motels, hotels, and inns under different rules than apartments for evictions?

Asked on August 30, 2011 North Carolina


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking you do not have a lease agreement with hotel, motel or inn unless you have a long-term stay. Even then, these are usually not considered traditional tenancies because these types of stays do not require security deposits and the level of improvement you can make to the room is limited unlike in your apartment. The level of privacy is less in a hotel, motel or inn in that these are instances wherein others do come in and can come in on a regular basis (think housekeeping). Usually with hotels, motels and inns, your stay is limited and the payment is secured pre-stay with a credit card and charged on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Your particular stay may be similar to a residential tenancy, but unless your contract indicates this is a residential tenancy or words of similar import, you will not have the same rights to the dwelling as you would in a tenancy.

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