Can a motel manager keep your money if they kick you out?

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Can a motel manager keep your money if they kick you out?

My wife and I rented the room for 1 week. After 2 days we got into a little argument and the manager kick us out but kept our money. Is that legal?

Asked on April 27, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If it was the motel's choice to kick you out, then they may not keep your money (other than for the days which you had already stayed there), unless the reason you were kicked out was something wrongful which you did, such as damaging their property, disturbing other guests, etc. If you did nothing wrong to cause the motel to terminate your stay, then they should have returned the unused portion of your payment; if they do not, you could, in that circumstance, sue for the return of the money.


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