By Christopher T. Vrountas, Esq. and Allison C. Ayer, Esquire, Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C.
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly caused substantial interruption to business these last 18 months. The legal question from nearly the beginning has been whether the business losses arising from the viral spread constitute covered “business interruption” losses resulting from a covered cause under those insurance policies that cover losses stemming from “physical property damage”. According to the Merrimack County Superior Court in New Hampshire, that answer is “yes” depending on what the insurance contract actually says.
By Christopher T. Vrountas, Esq. and Allison C. Ayer, Esq., Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C.
When does a hotel guest become a “tenant” subject to the protections of New Hampshire’s residential landlord/tenant laws and the associated summary process laws that govern eviction? Never, according to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, although a slight twist in facts might change that answer in a particular case.
This response may surprise many hotel operators who have assumed otherwise, depending on the circumstances of a hotel guest’s arrangement with the hotel. The Court’s decision in Anderson v. Robitaille, No. 2017-0195 (NH 2019) should disabuse hotel operators and their guests of any such assumption. It is an opinion that strict constructionists would absolutely adore.
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