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DENIAL OF LODGING

(TITLE 30-A: MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES; HEADING; PL 1987, c.737, SUBPART 6: REGULATION, LICENSES AND PERMITS; CHAPTER 183: ECONOMIC REGULATION; SUBCHAPTER III: INNKEEPERS, VICTUALERS AND LODGING HOUSES; ARTICLE 4: DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS; SECTION 3838)

An innkeeper may refuse or deny accommodations, facilities or privileges of a hotel or lodging house to or may eject from the hotel or lodging premises:

  1. Person unwilling or unable to pay
  2. Minor
  3. Property dangerous to others
  4. Limit on occupants exceeded
  5. Violates laws or rules, endangers others...

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Discrimination - Visually Impaired TITLE 17: CRIMES - CHAPTER 47: DISCRIMINATION; WHITE CANE LAW; SECTION 1312)

The blind, the visually handicapped and the otherwise physically disabled have the same rights as the able-bodied...

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(TITLE 30-A: MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES; HEADING: PL 1987, c. 737, SUBPART 6: REGULATION, LICENSES AND PERMITS; CHAPTER 183: ECONOMIC REGULATION; SUBCHAPTER III: INNKEEPERS, VICTUALERS AND LODGING HOUSES; ARTICLE 4: DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS; SECTION 3838 AND UNLAWFUL PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS 4592)

Denial of Lodging - Minors Lodging operators may deny or refuse rental to any person who has not yet attained 18 years of age. An innkeeper may, at the innkeeper's discretion grant the accommodations, facilities and privileges of a hotel or lodging house to a minor if that minor: (1) presents a signed notification from a parent that the parent accepts. (2) provides the innkeeper with a valid credit card number or cash deposit to cover the guest room costs, taxes, charges by the minor and any damages to the guest room or its furnishings caused by the minor. Any cash deposit provided must be refunded the extent not used to cover any charges or damages as determined by the innkeeper following room inspection at check-out.... (9/2005)

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Denial of Lodging - Discrimination - Children It is considered unlawful discrimination "for any person who is the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any public accommodation for lodging to directly or indirectly refuse or withhold from or deny to any person that lodging on the grounds that the person is accompanied by a child or children who occupy the unit, unless the total number of persons seeking to occupy the unit exceeds the number permitted by local ordinances or reasonable standards relating to health, safety or sanitation.

This subsection does not apply to the owner of a lodging place:

  • that serves breakfast;
  • that contains no more than five rooms available to be let to lodgers and;
  • in which the owner resides on the premises

The Maine Human Rights Commission has recently completed a ruling on this issue. The Commission has been firm in its assessment that the law prohibits B&Bs, Inns and others from denying lodging to guests because they have children.

Further, the Commission has suggested that language such as "this inn most appropriate for children over age 12" would be interpreted as discrimininatory. The Maine Innkeepers Association plans to introduce legislation to attempt to clarify the rights of innkeepers in this area.

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Release Date: 1/28/2001 12:00:00 AM