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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