Hotel City Code Violations

City officials are cracking down on building code violations. A number of hotels in the last year have been targeted by city inspectors for “dilapidated” conditions. These conditions include exposed electrical wiring, leaking plumbing, unpainted walls, trash debris in the parking lot, inoperable smoke detectors, etc. The city is deeming buildings unsafe and dangerous in…

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Leasing Hotel vs. Management Company

Increasingly, hotel owners are choosing between leasing their properties and hiring a management company. Below is a list of Pros and Cons to consider for each arrangement. Leasing Hotel      PROS: Lessee takes on the financial, operational, and legal burden Lessor receives a guaranteed fixed monthly amount Safe and secure     CONS: Significantly limits…

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LA Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance

Panic Buttons  A panic button device must be given to all employees working in guest rooms or where other employees may not be present. We would advise these devices be given to all housekeeping, houseman/women, and maintenance staff.  Device must have GPS tracking and direct contact to security guard or supervisor.  Hotels 60+ rooms must…

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Evicting Tenants From Your Hotel

Serve the tenant with a notice to quit. A 30 day notice to quit can be issued if a month to month tenant has lived in the unit for under a year. A 60 day notice is required has occupied the unit for over a year. If a tenant does not vacate the premises on/or…

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Protect Your Business From Bed Bug Lawsuits

1. Have a paper trail: Get real time Employee Statements, Guest Statements, Pictures, Pest Control Report. 2. Pest Control Service: Should be Insured and Certified in Bed Bug Service. Should inspect and provide an Inspection Report of the room as bed bugs are reported. 3. Refunds: If you refund a guest, get a settlement/waiver of…

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Current State of Hotel Reservations Website Lawsuits in California

Over the last few years, California hotels have faced a staggering amount of ADA website lawsuits. Plaintiffs are almost universally from ADA plaintiff firm “Potter Handy LLP dba Center for Disability Access” (“Potter Handy”). Potter Handy’s professional plaintiffs have filed hundreds of lawsuits, stating for one reason or another that a hotel’s website lacks accessible…

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Employment Law Update

This employment law update is directed at our hospitality clients that have resident managers. We have become aware that there are several California employee-side attorneys that are soliciting resident managers by direct mailing marketing materials to hospitality properties. Their purpose is recruiting new plaintiffs for lawsuits against hotel operators for violation of wage and hour…

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PPP Forgiveness

Maintain your full-time employees Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipients need to ensure that proceeds are used for allowable purposes specified in the CARES Act and comply with guidelines that maximize the potential for loan forgiveness. See below for variables to consider when determining the amount of forgiveness. If the average number of full-time employees…

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