Montgomery, AL asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama

Q: If I've been staying in a hotel for more than 90 days in Alabama and I pay on a day-by-day basis am I a guest or tenant?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Alabama, the distinction between being a hotel guest and a tenant can be nuanced, especially when you've been staying at a hotel for an extended period, like over 90 days. Typically, if you're paying on a day-to-day basis, you are considered a guest rather than a tenant. This classification affects your rights and the hotel's rights regarding eviction and other legal matters.

As a hotel guest, the establishment can usually ask you to leave with very little notice, unlike a tenant who has more robust protections under landlord-tenant law. However, if certain conditions are met, such as an agreement for a longer-term stay or the provision of tenant-like amenities, you could potentially argue for tenant status. This is a complex area of law and can vary based on specific circumstances.

If you're facing issues related to your long-term stay at a hotel and are unsure of your rights, it might be beneficial to consult with an attorney. They can help clarify your status and rights based on the details of your situation and Alabama law. Understanding your legal position is crucial, especially if there are disputes or eviction concerns.

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