What are my rights regarding an unauthorized entry into my hotel room?

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What are my rights regarding an unauthorized entry into my hotel room?

I’m currently staying in a hotel. A few days ago I noticed a man (hotel worker) crouched down in front of my room in the early hours of the morning. He claimed to be on the phone and at the time I didn’t think much of it. I had seen him several times since then around the hotel doing handy work (mostly on the same floor as my room). The other day around 8 am and 8:30 am he let himself into my room with a master key and proceeded to walk towards me. I instantly jumped out of my bed and yelled at him to get out of my room. When I went to the front office to complain they told me it was just a misunderstanding and he was only looking for his tools and basically shooed me away. Is there any legal action I can take against them?

Asked on August 9, 2013 under Business Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you haven't suffered any harm of injury, there is effectively no action you could take--the civil system only provides compensation for actual harm (and as for criminal law, it would be very difficult to prove a criminal state of mind in this case, given that he is a person who under at least some circumstances has legitimate, job-related access to rooms). What you should do is move to another hotel--why would you stay at a hotel where this happens? Avoid the potential harm, rather than look for legal recourse for a violation of your rights.


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