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§ 16-502. Hotel keeper's lien

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCommercial Law

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Commercial Law
Title 16. Statutory Liens on Personal Property
Subtitle 5. Hotel's Lien (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Commercial Law, § 16-502
§ 16-502. Hotel keeper's lien
(a) A hotel keeper has a lien on the baggage or other property in the hotel which belong to or are under the control of a guest for any charge due or to become due to the hotel keeper for:
(1) The price or value of food or accommodation;
(2) The amount of any loan or advance; or
(3) The amount provided by cashing a check, draft, or otherwise.
(b) The hotel keeper may retain possession of the property to which the lien attaches until all charges due or to become due to him are paid.
(c) If the charges which give rise to the lien are unpaid 15 days after they become due, the hotel keeper may sell the property to which the lien attaches at public sale.
(d) The hotel keeper shall publish notice of the time, place, and terms of the sale at least twice in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the county where the hotel is located. The first publication of notice shall be at least 10 days before the sale.
(e)(1) The proceeds of the sale shall be applied, in the following order, to:
(i) The expenses of the sale; and
(ii) The amount of the lien claim.
(2) After application of the proceeds in accordance with paragraph (1) of this subsection, any remaining balance shall be paid to the owner of the property.


Added by Acts 1975, c. 49, § 3, eff. July 1, 1975.
Formerly Art. 71, § 4.
MD Code, Commercial Law, § 16-502, MD COML § 16-502
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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