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Innkeepers’ Liens

Many states have retained the common law right of an “innkeeper’s lien.” If a hotel has properly evicted a guest, or if a guest refuses to leave or pay, the hotel may take into its possession the personal property of the guest and hold it as security for hotel charges. Innkeepers’ liens differ from others in that the hotel need not take physical possession of the guest’s personal property, but may simply prevent its removal from the hotel until the debt is satisfied. Hotels cannot sell the goods or personal property until there has been a final judgment in an action to recover charges.

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